Arsenal travel to Man City today with very few punters giving the Gunners any chance at all of coming away with anything from the game. But City have not been quite so invincible this season and may well be suffering from nerves as they find themselves five points behind Liverpool at the top of the table, not to mention the amazing defeat to Newcastle last week.
But the facts of the matter, stat-wise, is that Arsenal have only beaten Pep’s team once in the last 7 meetings and that was in extra time at Wembley. We haven’t even scored a goal in the last 3 match-ups but conceded 8…
Recent form is hardly in our favour either as this is City’s last 6 results at the Etihad….
That totally unforeseen defeat to Crystal Palace is in fact their only defeat at home all season, but they swiftly followed that up by breaking Liverpool’s unbeaten record to keep themselves in with a shot at retaining their title.
By contrast, Arsenal’s recent away form has been pretty dismal to be honest, so here are our last 6 matches away from the Emirates…..
Those basic stats are hardly going to fill anyone with confidence today, but with City’s defeat last week and a hopeful boost in confidence for Arsenal after the arrival of Denis Suarez, just maybe we could give the Citizens a surprise?
Unai Emery is well aware of the task ahead, but he is looking for some big performances from his players. He told Arsenal.com: “It will be a tough match. Our challenge is [big] against every team, but on Sunday we are playing against the best – Sunday is against the best. I think with Liverpool, they are having a very big Premier League season. They are very hard [to beat]. They have lost some matches but I think that was an accident. In another moment, in another match, they could have won against Newcastle.
“They are playing at home and for us it will be very difficult. But we are looking forward to playing, to showing that we can [win] and want [to win]. I think in Sunday’s match every player will be with a very big ambition to show their best performance and quality against them.”
We certainly hope so, and it would be great for Suarez to play against his old club and beat them on his debut for us. He has travelled with the squad and hopefully will be named in the team, but we will be missing Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Ainsley Maitland-Niles who are both injured, and Granit Xhaka was also mysteriously not on the bus. Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Rob Holding, Hector Bellerin and Danny Welbeck are all out long term, but Laurent Koscielny is back in contention today. Mavropanos is also back in the squad and hopefully will play some part.
But who will Emery pick to start the game this afternoon? There is no point in trying to park the bus so I reckon Emery will put out an attacking line-up. Here is my predicted line-up….
Lichtsteiner, Mustafi, Koscielny, Kolasinac
Guendouzi, Torreira, Ramsey,
For the optimists amongst us that believe that Arsenal can spring a surprise, I would take the 11/1 on offer for an Arsenal win from 138 UK
Arsenal’s away games average an amazing four goals per match, and Man City score oodles at home. Take the 2/1 from 138.com for over 4.5 goals in today’s game.
In fact, in City’s last 4 home games they have scored 24 goals! So it is just as likely, if Auba and Laca are on form as well, there could be even more goals, so how about over 5.5 goals at 9/2? From 138 UK
I must admit that I am struggling to make a prediction on the scoreline as I hate picking Arsenal to lose, but I just can’t see anything else. I’m just hoping that is respectable like around 3-2…
What do you think?