Manchester City vs Arsenal Prediction and Preview

Manchester City vs Arsenal Stats: Quick Hits

  • The Opta supercomputer predicts that Manchester City will beat Arsenal, with the home side winning 53% of pre-match simulations.
  • Man City are unbeaten in their last 38 home games in all competitions (W33 D5) since a 2-1 loss against Brentford in November 2022.
  • Arsenal are looking to complete their first Premier League double over City since 2007-08.

Match Preview

A seismic Premier League clash awaits between title hopefuls Manchester City and Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday as Mikel Arteta takes on former mentor Pep Guardiola for a game that may decide who secures top-flight glory.

Having sat top of the league table throughout the international break, Arsenal head into this weekend’s action clear of Liverpool only on goal difference and with a narrow one-point advantage over reigning English champions City.

That position at the summit is thanks to an eight-game Premier League winning run for Arteta’s men, who also progressed to the UEFA Champions League last eight for the first time since 2010 after a penalty shootout victory over Porto earlier in the month.

Arsenal were 2-1 victors over Brentford in their last league outing, too, albeit that triumph came in somewhat unconvincing circumstances as Kai Havertz produced an 86th-minute winner at the Emirates Stadium, where Yoane Wissa had cancelled out Declan Rice’s opener.

Havertz has found the net in each of his last four Premier League appearances – against Brentford, Sheffield United, Newcastle United and Burnley – to become the only German player to score in four in a row in the competition’s history.

The last Arsenal player to score in five in a row in their debut season with the club was Thierry Henry (a run of seven in 1999-00), though Arteta can also look to Martin Ødegaard and Bukayo Saka, who have created 34 chances for each other this Premier League campaign, more than any other duo.

However, Saka left the England international camp early due to a hamstring injury, causing Arsenal concern that their star winger may not feature in Sunday’s lineup. That same issue goes for Gabriel Magalhães and Gabriel Martinelli, though goalkeeper David Raya will almost certainly return after missing the Brentford clash due to loan agreements with his parent club.

Jurriën Timber is Arteta’s only other longer-term absentee, while Guardiola will sweat over the availability of imperious centre-back John Stones, who limped off early into England’s 2-2 draw with Belgium on Tuesday. In more positive news for Man City, Manuel Akanji, and Kevin De Bruyne could all be fit for the weekend, which will likely come too soon for Matheus Nunes.

 

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