Manchester City will be facing a tough test when they face North London club, Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium. Manchester City will be looking to get a win here to keep the pressure on league leaders, Liverpool while Arsenal will be seeking to be the victors instead and retain their spot in the top four.
Pep Guardiola’s side hasn’t found it so easy this season as they did last term. Shock defeats to Leicester City, Crystal Palace and most recent of all Newcastle has seen them five points away from table toppers, Liverpool.
After the goal from Sergio Aguero within the first 24 seconds of the game, City looked to be a little complacent and paid dearly for it against the Magpies.
City’s attacking power can’t be questioned with the team notching 30 goals and conceding only one in their last seven matches coming into that game. However, the team’s commitment when they score the first goal is what can be questioned.
The Citizens would be looking to avoid such complacency and go for the three points in this one.
Recent form (in the league): L W W W W L
Arsenal have been pretty much unconvincing and inconsistent in the league with the win over Cardiff the first time they will win back-to-back matches since the last time they did against Bournemouth and Tottenham.
Winning away from home seems to be a problem for the Gunners, something they would be doing this time. More worringly is that they have a poor backline and will be facing City who could be described as wounded lions at this time of the season.
They will be hopeful they come out of this unscathed and possibly get the win.
Recent form (in the league): D L W L W W
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The duo of Ederson and Benjamin Mendy may need to be assessed before the game with Vincent Kompany and Claudio Bravo out on the sidelines.
Almost the same scenario plays for Arsenal as Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Henrikh Mkhirtaryan would need to be assessed before the game.
Possible Starting Line-Up
Ederson; Mendy, Laporte, Stones, Walker; De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Silva; Sterling, Aguero, Sane.
Leno; Monreal, Koscielny, Mustafi; Maitland-Niles, Torreira, Xhaka, Guendouzi, Kolasinac; Lacazetter, Aubameyang