Arsenal vs Man City: Can a Wounded Arsenal Survive?
Thursday evening is another massive match-day in the Premier League as league-leaders Manchester City travel to London to face a wounded Arsenal side who sit 6th on the league table, a full 8 points below Chelsea in 5th.
What makes matters worse, is the fact that a lot of those wounds were inflicted on Sunday when Manchester City routed Arsenal 3-0 at Wembley in the League Cup final.
When looking at the stats, there seems little chance for an Arsenal victory and most back Manchester City to extend their lead at the top to 16 points.
According to editor at MyTopSportsbooks, “Arsenal are massive underdogs after last weekend’s 3-0 collapse at Wembley, it might be hard to convince yourself that Arsenal will ever win another match, much less against Man City. As bad as the result was, it could have easily been 5-0 or 6-0, with Man City missing on some pretty clear breaks and Arsenal walking the whole pitch. If Arsene Wenger can’t get this squad in line quickly, it could very well be the end of his seemingly interminable era with the Gunners.”
It’s not only the bookies that back the team from Manchester, the stats favour them as well.
Manchester City are in a run of form that saw them losing only one of their last 35 league matches, winning 29 and drawing five of those.
As far as head-to-head clashes go, Arsene Wenger’s men will look for inspiration in the fact that they have won 23 matches against Man City’s 8 wins, 10 matches ended in a draw.
As the season progresses, Arsenal fans have increased their disdain towards their manager with cries of #WengerOut ringing from all corners of the globe. Pep Guardiola, on the other hand, has rallied his troops in admirable fashion after a disappointing start to his Premier League career, last season.
The Citizens boast a squad with so much talent, they can field two world-class sides while Arsenal are struggling to hold down players with Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud already leaving mid-way through the season.
When all is considered, I think it is fair to say that this could be one-way traffic for Man City, as it was on Sunday. Both teams scored in eight of their last nine Premier League encounters, so we can expect some goals as well.
My prediction? A 3-1 win for the visitors and some very frustrated Arsenal fans.