On Thursday night, Arsenal host Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League. The two met last Sunday in the Carabao Cup final, which City won comfortably 3-0.
Arsenal are struggling to keep pace with the top-four, with fourth-place Tottenham now ten points ahead of the Gunners in the race for Champions League spots.
The Gunners head into this game on the back of three defeats in their last four games in all outings. Arsene Wenger’s side have been unconvincing in the Premier League too, winning just two of their last seven games in the English top-flight.
One positive for Arsenal has been their home form in the Premier League, as the Gunners have lost just one of their last 20 games in the English top-flight. They have also been prolific on home soil in the Premier League, scoring at least two goals in 14 of their last 16 games.
Manchester City heads into this game 13 points clear at the top of the Premier League. A record of 22 wins in their last 25 games in the English top-flight is highly impressive.
A key to their good form this season has been their effectiveness in front of goal. Pep Guardiola’s side have now scored two or more goals in 17 of their last 20 top-flight games.
City have a good recent record against Arsenal, as the Citizens are unbeaten in their last five meetings with the Gunners. The visitors have also scored two or more goals against Arsenal in six of the last seven meetings in all competitions.
One chink of light for the home side in this clash could be City’s recent away recent in the top-flight, as Guardiola’s side have not won in their last three away games in the Premier League.
Arsenal are once again without Santi Cazorla and Alexandre Lacazette due to injury, while Spanish defender Nacho Monreal also looks set to miss out after picking up an injury in Sunday’s game. Henrikh Mkhitaryan is likely to return to the starting line-up after he missed the Carabao Cup final due to being cup-tied.
Manchester City are without Benjamin Mendy and Fernandinho due to injury, while winger Raheem Sterling is still an injury doubt after missing Sunday’s final. Fabian Delph is available after suspension so should return at left-back.
Manchester City are the favourites to win this clash at 4/5, while the draw is 3/1 and Arsenal are 7/2 to record a potentially vital victory.
This is a tough game for the Gunners. They simply have to play better than they did in Sunday’s game. Their good home record will get them hope of taking something from this game.
Will Arsenal take anything from the game against Manchester City?