On Sunday, Arsenal faces a tough test as the Gunners travel to the Etihad Stadium to play Premier League leaders Manchester City.
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City have a near perfect record in the Premier League this season. The home side have recorded nine wins in their ten league games so far.
Everton were the only team to avoid defeat against the Citizens in the English top-flight this season. The Toffees managed a 1-1 draw at the Etihad Stadium in August.
The men from Manchester are now undefeated in their last 18 Premier League games, having recorded 15 wins in the process. Guardiola’s side have also won their last eight games in the English top-flight.
City have been highly prolific in front of goal of late too, scoring two or more goals in seven of those eight recent wins. At the Etihad Stadium, the Citizens have scored three or more goals in their last four league games.
However, visitors Arsenal have lost just one of their last ten games against the Citizens in all competitions. The Gunners will no doubt be happy if they emerge from this clash with that record still intact.
Arsenal heads into this game on the back of 10 wins from their last 13 competitive outings. A goalless draw against a stubborn Red Star Belgrade side on Thursday in the Europa League should take nothing away from a decent run of form of late.
The Gunners have now suffered just one defeat in their last 13 games in all competitions, winning four of their last five games in all competitions.
Arsene Wenger’s side have also won five of their last seven games in the Premier League. A trip to the Etihad Stadium certainly seems to be a major threat to the Gunners recent decent form.
The home side will once again be without full-back Benjamin Mendy and centre-back Vincent Kompany through injury.
Guardiola may rotate his starting line-up once more in the league. Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero and winger Leroy Sane look likely candidates to drop down to the bench for this one.
Arsenal will once again be without Santi Cazorla, Danny Welbeck and Shkodran Mustafi. Meanwhile Sead Kolasinac, Calum Chambers and David Ospina are also fitness doubts.
Manchester City are favourites to win this clash at 4/9, while the draw is 17/4 and Arsenal are 6/1 to record an away win.
This is no doubt a very difficult game for Arsenal. However, their recent decent form and record against City will give Wenger’s side hope of picking up a positive result at the Etihad Stadium.
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