The Gunners still have the ambition to finish higher than being stranded on the mid table. One of the hardest tasks to get back into the elite pool is to beat the high profile team as the top leader Manchester City. Such happens to be on schedule this weekend when they are playing host to Pep Guardiola’s men.
The teams’ previous games
Arsenal put an impressive display while hosting Leeds United last weekend. Pierre Aubameyang and Co trashed the visitors 4-2. The skipper himself netted a hattrick plus one goal from Hector Bellerin. Leeds could only reply twice by Pascal Struijk’s header and Helder Costa’s strike. In Europa League a few days later, The Gunners also managed to hold Benfica 1-1.
Their counterpart, Manchester City dismantled Everton 3-1 on the road in the midweek. Phil Foden, Riyad Mahrez and Bernardo Silva scored the winning goals while Richarlison only bagged a lifeline. Such results brought them to have ten points clear from their nearest contender, Manchester United.
Mikel Arteta is still confident with his 4-2-3-1 formation, especially after their two positive results. Pierre Aubameyang will be the targetman upfront supported by Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka on both flanks while Martin Odegaard is featuring behind Aubameyang. The only name on the sideline is Thomas Partey.
Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola will still be deploying 4-3-3 formation. Raheem Sterling, Gabi Jesus and Phil Foden will be the front three supported by Bernardo Silva, Rodrigo and Kevin de Bruyne. Their key man in the past few games, the German international, Ilkay Gundogan is possibly still ruled out here.
Players to watch
The Gabonese Pierre Aubameyang is certainly one of the key men in Arsenal. He scored a hattrick last weekend which added up his tally to eight in Premier League this season. Some other notable figures in the squad are the two English youngsters, Emile Smith Rowe who has contributed four assists and Bukayo Saka who has notched up five goals and two assist in EPL.
The Citizens also has an outstanding versatile youngster in the squad, Phil Foden. The 20-year old playmaker has bagged seven goals and made four assists in the Premier League and Champions League. Another key men to watch are his teammates in the Three Lions, Raheem Sterling and the former Everton man, John Stones.
Arsenal vs Manchester City Prediction
Both sides have been in favour of the attacking football. Thus, it would not be surprise if they both will be trading decent chances and goals and turn the match into a thriller. However, Raheem Sterling and Co will come out as a winner eventually but with a big score and small margin.
Manchester City is surely the favourite here. Their win market is at 4/7. Mikel Arteta’s men are backed to win at 29/5 whereas the odds for a tie are at 18/5.