Coming off the back of a hammering of the Hammers this weekend, moral should be high heading into their midweek Premier League clash. And they’ll need all the confidence they can find with Pep Guardiola and the boys in blue from Manchester in front of goal.
Arsenal takes baby steps
Another win for London club Arsenal places Mikel Arteta in the “good books” once again, as Arsenal attempt to secure any type of silverware or qualification position in the 19/20 season. Picking up where Emery (or any manager) has failed isn’t an easy task, but with fixtures such as Manchester City Arteta, expertise could considerably increase the Gunners hopes of securing some points from City.
Arsenals unbeaten streak has now been extended to an impressive 8 games, which seemed out of reach during earlier periods of the season. The bad news with those results is the four draws which have left Arsenal in an ugly 9th position, not something Arsenal fans want to get used to. The good news is, they’re just eight points adrift of the top four which isn’t totally out of the question.
When playing on the road, Arteta has failed to secure a win, drawing all five of his contests in charge. The defensive end of Arsenal has certainly picked up but, they’ll come into this fixture with City with just three clean sheets from thirteen away games this season.
We should note that Arteta himself is expressing confidence with the match at hand. His history coaching at Manchester City could offer a unique insight into defeating them.
“It gives me a very clear idea of what they are trying to do, what they will be looking to do,”
Arteta said of his time at City,
“but it’s something different to be able to stop that and as well create the issues that I think we can create for them.
“That has to happen on the day when they are at their best; we know what they are capable of doing, the variation they have. At the end of the day, it’s about the players on the pitch and their performance.”
Awaydays for Arsenal fans at the Etihad stadium are something they’d rather forget; a staggering 17-2 aggregate score spanning through their previous six meetings just goes to show how much Arsenal have been embarrassed over the years.
“We’re going to go there trying to beat them, for sure,”
“That’s going to be the game plan.
“We’ll put all the things we can on the pitch to make it difficult for them to create the scenarios during the game, and let’s see if we turn up on the day at our best and we can perform and win the game.”
Unlike some, Arteta will not be traveling to the north-west of England anticipating a defeat for his team. The game isn’t predestined; the confidence to end the bad luck at City is present.
Manchester City depressing defeat
City was victim to yet another defeat as the Premier League title slowly but surely, slips away from their grasp.
Rivals in red Manchester United made it a season clean sweep on City this past weekend in an embarrassing 2-0 defeat for Pep and his squad. It became the third time this season that United had secured a win over City which has been a surprise to many. Liverpool approaches their first EPL league title even sooner than expected with the poor results displayed by City.
With that said, results have still been above average for City and at home, they’ve won seven from the previous nine league matches. Title hopes are over but they’ll need to keep their eye on the ball to secure the second position from Chelsea, Leicester and Man United.
Some interesting statistics
- City has scored two goals in six of their previous eight Premier League home games.
- Both teams have scored in six of Manchester City’s previous eight Premier League home games.
- Manchester City has won their previous six clashes with Arsenal in all competitions
- Arsenal has kept just three clean sheets in their previous 13 away games this season, scoring in nine of those fixures.
Premier League betting picks
The history books would usually make this fixture an obvious choice with Manchester City becoming such a dominant club over the years but, Mikel Arteta has certain confidence oozing and given his experience at City and their lackluster performances of late, it wouldn’t be crazy to think Arsenal can get a result in Manchester.
You can’t make your pick based on results or history and with such a questionable fixture; laying money on a side isn’t advisable. The ‘both teams to score’ market, on the other hand, is.
Arsenal haven’t been the only side struggling to prevent the goals flowing in. Manchester City has only kept two of their previous eight home games to a clean sheet. Given that Arsenal has scored in nine of their previous 13 away games they should be confident enough to at least get on the score sheet.
Prediction: Both teams to score