The new year of English football starts with the Arsenal-Manchester City match. It will, in fact, be the match at the Emirates Stadium to inaugurate the program of the 21-st round of the Premier League. Despite the fourth place of Mikel Arteta’s Gunners, they are 15 points away from Pep Guardiola’s City, which has one more race and has so far dodged all the postponements for COVID by playing 20 out of 20 games.
Both teams celebrated in the previous round: Arsenal overwhelmed bottom-ranked Norwich 5-0, while Manchester City won 1-0 at Brentford. For this match scheduled in the British capital, the hosts will be without Kolasinac, Aubameyang, Tomiyasu, Soares, Maitland-Niles, and Chambers, while Mendy alone will not be in the game against the Citizens.
Arsenal supporters will be hoping for a repeat of their 0-5 Premier League victory over Norwich City. Arsenal had 65% possession and 16 shots on goal, six of which were on target.Bukayo Saka (6′, 67′), Kierney (44′), Alexandre Lacazette (84′), and Emile Smith Rowe (91′) scored for Arsenal. Norwich City, on the other hand, had four shots on goal, two of which were on target.
Arsenal have been on a goal-scoring spree recently, with the Gunners scoring in each of their previous six games. During that time, they have scored a total of 20 goals while allowing only four goals to be scored against them. While that may pique your attention, we’ll have to wait and see if the current trend can be maintained in this game.
Arsenal had not beaten Manchester City in their previous 12 league encounters coming into this match.
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Manchester City play this match off the back of a 1-0 Premier League victory over Brentford in their most recent game.
Manchester City controlled the game with 76 percent possession and 12 shots on goal, three of which were on target. For Manchester City, Phil Foden (16′) was the only player to score. Brentford, on the other hand, had six shots on goal, two of which were on target.
Goals have been scored 25 times in Manchester City’s previous 6 matches, averaging 4.17 goals per match. Five of these goals have been scored by their opponents.
Arsenal: They will again be without the services of Sead Kolasinac on Saturday through injury, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is still not involved with the first team Calum Chambers, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Cedric Soares, Ainsley Maitland-Niles are also out following positive coronavirus tests.
As for Man City, Kyle Walker, Rodri and John Stones were all absent against Brentford due to a lack of fitness, and it is unclear whether the trio will be considered for selection here.
We believe Arsenal has the ability to score against Manchester City, but a single goal is unlikely to be enough.
Manchester City should have a 1-2 lead at the end of this game. This one appears to be lacking in content.