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Arsenal vs Manchester City

30 Mar 2017 Stuart S. ENGLAND: Premier League
ENGLAND: Premier League

Arsenal FC

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Kick-off
15:00 GMT
02 April 2017

Manchester City

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Kick-off
15:00 GMT 02 April 2017

As the Premier League returns from an international break that felt like an eternity, two of the Premier League’s biggest teams face off at the Emirates as Man City travel to London to face Arsenal. The hosts find themselves in a lot of trouble as they sit in 6th place with games in hand on 4 of the 5 teams above them. Pep Guardiola finds his team in 3rd in his first Premier League season just 2 points from Tottenham in 2nd.

STATS

  • Arsenal have only won 1 of their last 5 Premier League fixtures, an abysmal record for a side looking for European football as they have lost 4 of those 5 with their only win coming at home against Hull. Big changes are needed very quickly.
  • Man City are unbeaten in their last 5 league games with 3 wins and two draws. However, a draw at home against Stoke wasn’t their finest moment. Their last league game ended with a 1-1 draw against Liverpool where they could’ve easily won with a sturdier defensive showing.
  • Alexis Sanchez has been one shining light in Arsenal’s dark season and his 18 goals and 9 assists mean he has had the most direct contributions to goals as well as being the league’s 3rd highest scorer. Without Champions League football, he might be forced to leave the Gunners.
  • Sergio Aguero hasn’t been as prolific as he would’ve liked but his 13 goals in another injury-ridden season make him Man City’s top goals scorer in the league. How good would he be in a season without a single injury?

HEAD TO HEAD

Arsenal have only lost once against Man City in their last 7 league meetings as they have won 3 and drawn 3. However, the one Man City win was actually in this season’s return fixture where they came out 2-1 winners in December. Both teams have scored in 5 of these 7 games.

ARSENAL NEWS

Arsenal will really need to win this one to give them any chance of making it back into the Champions League places and possibly to make sure Arsene Wenger can keep his job, at least until the end of the season. He has a fully available squad to pick from, except Santi Cazorla, who will miss the whole season, so they should have a good chance of picking up all 3 points.

Latest matches: Arsenal FC

18.03.2017 Prem West Bromwich Albion Arsenal FC 3:1 L
11.03.2017 FA C Arsenal FC Lincoln City 5:0 W
07.03.2017 UEFA Arsenal FC Bayern Munich 1:5 L
04.03.2017 Prem Liverpool FC Arsenal FC 3:1 L
20.02.2017 FA C Sutton United Arsenal FC 0:2 W

MAN CITY NEWS

Man City will be hoping to push for that 2nd place as it’s clear that Chelsea will go on to win the league but a loss against Arsenal would be a massive dent in their hopes. Their task won’t be made any easier with the absences of Ilkay Gundogan, Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne, who have all been very good this season when they have featured.

Latest matches: Manchester City

19.03.2017 Prem Manchester City Liverpool FC 1:1 D
15.03.2017 UEFA AS Monaco Manchester City 3:1 L
11.03.2017 FA C Middlesbrough FC Manchester City 0:2 W
08.03.2017 Prem Manchester City Stoke City 0:0 D
05.03.2017 Prem Sunderland AFC Manchester City 0:2 W

SUMMING UP!

It’s hard to see Arsenal managing to win this fixture after they’ve been so poor recently with all the talk about whether or not Wenger will sign a new contract. Man City will be looking to take advantage of this and they should go on to win at the Emirates to pile even more pressure onto the French manager. If Arsenal turn up it will be a great game but with their poor form, it’s very hard to see past a Man City win.

About the author - Stuart S.

An English freelance sports writer, Stuart has written the Arsenal blog A Cultured Left Foot since 2006, as well as numerous betting previews and articles.

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