Another top-tier clash is scheduled for this Saturday in the English Premier League. Manchester City welcome Arsenal to the Etihad Stadium for a massive six-pointer this weekend. The Cityzens will be keen on getting their first win in three league games. Will Arteta's troops stop them from getting these much-needed three points?
Master clashes with the student as Pep and Arteta, once again, lock horns. The last time the two Spaniards met, Arteta was the victorious one as he led his Gunners to the 2019/20 FA Cup Final. However, not only do City have a better head-to-head record, Pep Guardiola hasn't lost to Arsenal in the league since he made his way to Manchester in 2016. Will the bald genius continue this impressive run against the North London club?
Minor setbacks for the Cityzens
Manchester City didn't commence their push for a third Premier League title in four years with the best results. With just four points from their opening three games, Pep and Co. find themselves in 14h place. However, it is to be noted that they've played a game less than the majority of the teams in the top-flight. Notwithstanding, they would need to start churning positive results if they're to get to where they're meant to be.
Pep Guardiola clashed with a fellow tactician in the person of Marcelo Bielsa as City visited Elland Road. Sterling fired his team in front with a well-taken strike after 17 minutes of play. Bielsa and his troops gradually grew into the game and were duly awarded in the 59th minute as Rodrigo came on to draw his side level. Both sides shared the spoils in an encounter that was exhausting to watch given the pace at which the game was played.
Arsenal face a tough task at Manchester
The Gunners, having started the season quite impressively are faced with an uphill battle this weekend. The North Londoners travel to Manchester, a place they haven't won since 2015- This is including Old Trafford. However, the addition of Thomas Partey to their midfield might boost their chances of getting this much-needed victory. That being said, they would need more goals from star-striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who hasn't netted since the opening day.
The Blades paid a visit to the Emirates Stadium in their most recent league game keen on getting their first win of the season. It wasn't to be as Arteta's boys ran out 2-1 winners. Bukayo Saka and Nicolas Pepe were both on the scoresheet to give the Gunners their third win in four league games.
Manchester City vs Arsenal Team News
Raheem Sterling pulled out of the England squad and is therefore rated doubtful for this game as is Kevin De Bruyne. Arsenal is still left without Martinelli and Chambers who are still battling with long term injuries. Tierney is ruled out for this one after testing positive for COVID-19.
Manchester City possible starting XI:
Ederson; Mendy, Dias, Laporte, Walker; Rodri, Gundogan, Foden; mahrez, Ferran, Aguero
Arsenal possible starting XI:
Leno; Holding, Gabriel, Luiz ; Bellerin, Xhaka, Partey, Maitland-Niles; Aubameyang, Willian, Lacazette
Manchester City vs Arsenal Prediction: 3-1
Although both sides are in desperate need of the points, the Cityzens are the ones in more urgent need given their last two results. 14th position after three rounds of games isn't going to cut it if they're to challenge for the league title. Arsenal, on the other hand, will be keen on getting that first win since 2015. However, we don't think the Gunners get anything from this game.