Man city vs Arsenal Preview
Watch Man city vs Arsenal Preview, as man city is about to host arsenal on the big competition in the premier league contest at Etihad stadium.
As Man city and Arsenal are in the top position of the points table in the premier league, the match between them will be a huge on the contest.
The visitors remain in the hunt for a European spot with 10 games of their season to go, while Man City will be hoping to use this rearranged fixture to bounce back from their derby defeat at the hands of Manchester United on Sunday.
Any player will tell you that they prefer to have another game as soon after a defeat as possible in order to respond and get that result out of their system.
Wednesday’s hastily-rearranged fixture could be coming at a good time for Man City, then, despite adding to a fixture pile-up which Guardiola has been vocal in his criticism about on numerous occasions already this season.
The desire to return to winning ways will only be heightened by the fact that Sunday’s loss came against local rivals Manchester United – the third time they have tasted derby defeat this term, including in both Premier League games.
Having predictably dominated possession for the opening 20 minutes or so, Man City then struggled to match United and could have few arguments about the 2-0 final scoreline, even if Ederson was at fault for both goals.
The defeat was the seventh Man City have suffered in the Premier League this season, which is more than ninth-placed Arsenal and the most Guardiola has ever experienced in a single league campaign throughout his managerial career.
Team news and Injury
Man City are hopeful of being able to welcome Kevin De Bruyne back from a shoulder injury in time for this match after he missed the derby on Sunday.
The Belgian playmaker, who scored twice in the reverse fixture at the Emirates, returned to training on Monday and, while he is unlikely to be risked ahead of Real Madrid unless he is 100%, he is expected to be in contention.
Sergio Aguero is a doubt, though, having lasted less than an hour in the derby and then been spotted with ice on his thigh while sitting on the bench.
The match will come too soon for Aymeric Laporte following the hamstring injury he sustained in the first leg against Real Madrid, while long-term absentee Leroy Sane is not yet ready to return despite taking part in training this week.
Arsenal have been hit by the news that Lucas Torreira could miss the remainder of the campaign after fracturing his ankle in the FA Cup clash with Portsmouth last week.
Mikel Arteta‘s defensive options could be handed a significant boost with Shkodran Mustafi, Kieran Tierney and Cedric Soares all returning to training last week.
Wednesday’s match may come too soon for the latter pair considering how long they have been sidelined for, but Mustafi could be back in contention.
Sead Kolasinac remains a few weeks away from a return, though, while Calum Chambers will not feature again this season due to a cruciate ligament injury.
Lacazette will be hoping that his winner against West Ham earns him a starting role, although he has scored more goals as a substitute than any other player since the start of last season, while Arsenal as a team have scored an unparalleled 16 goals via subs in the same period.
Man city vs Arsenal head-to-head stats
Arsenal have a good historical record against Manchester City and have won 98 out of the 207 matches played between the two teams, as opposed to Manchester City’s 64 victories. Manchester City have scored all six of their home games against Arsenal under Pep Guardiola in the Premier League and have scored 17 goals in these matches.
Arsenal have lost their last 11 games against Manchester City in the Premier League – their longest such streak against a single opponent in the competition. Arsenal have scored only three goals in their last 10 Premier League matches against Manchester City and have failed to score in seven of these games.
Manchester City have won eight of their last nine games in the Premier League and are on a six-game winning streak in the competition at the moment.
Man city vs Arsenal Prediction
Arsenal come into this match in good form, but they have a torrid record against Man City in recent times and Guardiola’s side will be hurting from their derby defeat, regardless of where the Premier League sits in their priority list. We are backing a seventh straight Man City triumph over the Gunners.