The international break is officially over and in its place, we have the return of the Premier League and domestic football across the world. Arsenal have enjoyed a decent enough start to the season but they’ll face yet another big challenge later today when they make the trip up to Manchester to take on Manchester City at the Etihad.
It’s bound to be one of the hardest games of the campaign regardless of how City have played lately, and Mikel Arteta will be incredibly eager to get one over on his former mentor Pep Guardiola.
After a few setbacks prior to the international break, many have questioned whether or not City still have what it takes to really push Liverpool all the way in the race for the Premier League title. Their defensive instability is something that needs to be looked at and Arsenal will be well aware of that fact, but they’re still easily one of the most dangerous clubs in world football. It’s a fine balance, and it’ll be interesting to see how they approach this game against an Arsenal side that beat them not too long ago.
There’s a renewed sense of hope lingering around the Emirates in just about every sense of the word, and that’s a great position for the club to be in. They won’t come into this with absolutely no pressure on their shoulders but they definitely won’t expect to go there and get completely rolled over – especially after the wins they’ve accumulated in recent months against some of the top flight’s finest. If they can go and snatch even a point it’ll probably be viewed as a successful trip, but they’re more than good enough to beat them.
It’s hard to tell what’s going to happen with this tie on what can only be described as one of the most interesting days in the Premier League for quite some time. If we’re predicting with our head then we think City will run out 3-1 winners but on the flip side, we also want to go with our heart. If we do that then we’re officially saying that Arsenal will win 2-1 after coming from behind to pick up the win, and if that does happen, the talk of the Gunners making it back into the top four can really begin.
Can Arsenal get the job done against Manchester City at the Etihad?