Posted on December 16, 2016 by ADMIN

Manchester City v Arsenal Preview, Team News & Predictions

Manchester City vs Arsenal
English Premier League 2016/17
Date: 18th December 2016 
Time: 16:00 pm BST
Venue:Etihad Stadium, Manchester


The Gunners suffered only their second defeat of the season when they lost 2-1 to Everton on Tuesday night. The shock defeat at Goodison saw Liverpool going ahead of the Gunners on goal difference and the chasing pack closing the gap a little.

However, things can change very quickly in the Premier League. The manner in which they conceded the goals brings back old familiar feelings and leaves a trepidation that their title challenge is doomed.

On the other hand, this is a team that has gone 14 games without being beaten (prior to the defeat) and that tells a great deal about their quality and character more than the one defeat where they just could not raise their game when required.

Santi Cazorla, Mathieu Debuchy and Shkodran Mustafi are still long-term absentees for Arsenal.

Danny Welbeck and Per Mertesacker are back in training but the duo are still short of match fitness and the trip to Manchester may have come too soon for them.

Predicted Arsenal Starting Lineup (4-2-3-1): Cech; Bellerin, Koscielny, Gabriel, Monreal; Xhaka, Coquelin; Chamberlain, Ozil, Walcott; Alexis


Pep Guardiola’s side secured their first win in four games after comfortably winning 2-0 against Watford in midweek.

City, fourth in the league, are trailing the league leaders, Chelsea, by seven points and they can hardly afford further slip-ups.

The victory against Watford came at the cost of Ilkay Gundogan, who suffered a knee ligament injury and will be out of action for some months at least.

Sergio Aguero, the Argentine striker, still has two matches left on his own four-match ban, while Fernandinho will also miss the tie through suspension.

Predicted Manchester City Starting Lineup (4-2-3-1): Bravo; Zabaleta, Stones, Otamendi, Kolarov; Fernando, Toure; Silva, De Bruyne, Sterling; Iheanacho


7 – Arsenal are undefeated in their last six games against City

10 – Man City are unbeaten in 10 of their last 11 home games in the league


The Gunners have an impressive record against City in recent outings and are 3.5 with Betway to win on Sunday – great odds to use a signup bonus on. Alexis Sanchez has scored 12 Premier League goals already and looks unstoppable at the moment – the Chilean is a good bet to score against City.


Forget about the style of football – in the context of the league, this game is all about consolidating the status. A win for City will see them leapfrogging Arsenal, while a victory for the Gunners will increase the gap between them to four points, which is a healthy lead given the competitive nature of the Premier League this season.

Prediction: Manchester City 1-2 Arsenal

5 thoughts on “Manchester City v Arsenal Preview, Team News & Predictions

  1. Olivier's toe

    Arsenal have a great record against City and will have the psychological advantage, as well as much less injury and suspension problems.
    I think we should get at least a draw on Sunday, and we should be happy with a point away at one of our direct rivals.
    No point worrying about Chelsea pulling away, it is not even halfway through the season and they will also have a blip and injury problems just like every team.

    1. Ugabooga

      How do you know they will have a blip, if they have a blip can’t we?

      So we should worry if they pull 9 points clear.

      People are so unrealistic, I know you love Arsenal but please listen to yourselves, is there any proof we can catch them or will not have our own blip.

  2. Kostafi

    I think we can do better than a point at the Etihad. We should be going for the win. City are a little blunt up top without Aguero (no offence to Iheanacho) so the threats mainly going to be De Bruyne, Silva, and Sterling (maybe Toure if he is in the mood). Both teams like possession and there will be spells for both. We have arguably gotten better results at the Etihad playing counter attacking football and seeing as how Chelsea devastated them with this approach, we shouldn’t shy away from it. 3-1 to the Arsenal!

  3. Pablo Picaso

    2:1 to the Arsenal!!!!

    Our entire team needs to turn up though, we don’t need disappearing acts (Ozil, OX, and Theo I am looking at you). You need to be patient but clinical against City, if we are not carefull the game may be won in the first half we watch them play and not try to press and counter. Chelsea vs City should be our blue print. They have the same weakness as us, they leak goals, so being focused and not doing anything stup!d we can hit them. When City go down, they panic, its not in Pep’s nature to be bullied around and he will not change things just to affect the game most time (Leister vs City is a good reference or Arsenal 2 vs Bayern 0 game.

  4. Break-on-through

    I reckon Iwobi’s gonna play, and I think that’s why he went with him on the bench in our last game, Iwobi can’t play two games in the space of three days. I reckon Wenger wanted him for this game and was thinking, depending on which looked better out of Ox Theo, was going to start with Iwobi v city.

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