Premier League: Manchester City vs Arsenal preview

Undefeated league leaders Manchester City will have their streak tested on Sunday when Arsenal visit the Etihad Stadium. The two teams last met in the FA Cup semi-finals last season and Arsenal prevailed 2-1 after extra time thanks to a goal from Alexis Sanchez. Last season's Premier League meetings between the two sides were quite spectacular, Manchester City won 2-1 at home before recording a 2-2 draw at the Etihad Stadium. Arsenal have not won at Manchester City since 2015.

Manchester City are a formidable force this season, they have not lost a single game since the start of the campaign and have been dominating both the Premier League and their Champions League group. This week they secured a 4-2 victory at Napoli, a result which guarantees their qualification to the next round with two group matches to spare. Last weekend they did struggle a bit at West Brom in the Premier League, but eventually won 3-2. Vincent Kompany and Benjamin Mendy remain the only injury concerns for manager Pep Guardiola.

Arsenal recovered from a shaky start to the season, they had lost two of the first three matches of the campaign but then won ten matches out of thirteen in all competitions and lost just once. Last weekend they fought back from 1-0 down at the break to defeat Swansea 2-1, but they are still nine points behind leaders Manchester City. In midweek the Gunners were held to a goalless draw at the Emirates Stadium by Crvena zvezda in the Europa League, but Arsene Wenger rested all his first-team regulars and fielded an experimental side. Santi Cazorla, Sead Kolasinac and Danny Welbeck are out injured, while Shkodran Mustafi might have a chance to recover in time.

Probable line-ups:

Man City: Ederson - Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Delph - De Bruyne, Fernandinho, D. Silva - Sterling, Aguero, Sane

Arsenal: Cech - Koscielny, Mertesacker, Holding - Bellerin, Ramsey, Xhaka, Monreal - Ozil, Sanchez - Lacazette

My prediction: Man City to win 3-2.

Here are the odds for the match at Bet365:

Man City win - 1.44
Draw - 5.00
Arsenal win - 7.50

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  • Bulgaria sharpe


    Manchester City doing what everyone expected from them even last season in Guardiola's debut.
    He needed a year to rearrange the squad and impose his style of play but it worked in the least till now.
    Arsenal problem is in character of the team(manager), especially in the big games away from home when sometimes the character is all you need, they just seems quite soft in these games.
    Also the work rate in defence of some of the mids (Ozil mainly) is not great and this is a problem in the modern game.
    Otherwise Arsenal have the squad which should allow them to compete even for the title in the PL but previously mentioned obstacles don't allow them to do that.
    The score in that City visit should be indicative of all that I think.

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