Arsenal would host Manchester City at the Emirates for a super Sunday showdown between both Premier League sides by 5:30 pm.
Manchester City is the team with the best form and all road leads to a City win with Pep’s men having already won their last 17 games in all competitions thus far.
The Gunners, however, are striving to hit a consistent run of form after they managed to win their last match against Leeds United by 4-2.
But like any other team facing the Premier League leaders this season, the odds are stacked against the Arsenal side.
Thomas Partey would most likely miss out on Sunday’s Premier League visit of leaders Manchester City as the Ghana midfielder is struggling with a hamstring injury and is not expected back in time to face Pep Guardiola’s in-form side.
Kieran Tierney should feature in this one having come off the bench in the Europa League draw with Benfica following a leg injury and could return to the starting XI.
Manchester City are waiting on free-scoring midfielder Ilkay Gundogan and will assess the Germany international before heading to London.
Gundogan took part in some of Friday’s training sessions after missing the 3-1 midweek win at Everton with a groin injury.
Sergio Aguero as well as Kevin De Bruyne could be involved with City manager Pep Guardiola confirming every member of his squad is fit with the exception of defender Nathan Ake.
Stats and facts heading into the match (Backed by Opta)
- Arsenal have lost their last seven league games against Man City – the Gunners have only ever lost more consecutively against Leeds (8 between 1973-1976).
- Since losing 1-2 at the Emirates in December 2015, Man City are unbeaten in their last 10 Premier League meetings with Arsenal, scoring at least twice in nine of those games.
- Arsenal have failed to score in their last three home league games against Man City, losing each time. The Gunners have never failed to find the net in four consecutive home league games against an opponent in their history.
- Manchester City beat Arsenal 4-1 at the Emirates earlier this season in a League Cup tie – only two teams have ever won away at the Gunners twice in the same season; Nottingham Forest in 1987-88 and Aston Villa in 1993-94.
- Arsenal have won just three of their last 18 Premier League games against the side starting the day of the game in top spot (W3 D4 L11), winning last time out against Liverpool in July 2020 (2-1). They last won consecutive such games in August 2007, when the second win in that run came at home to Man City (1-0).
- Arsenal are unbeaten in their last six home Premier League games (W3 D3), after losing each of the previous four such matches – the Gunners have scored 3+ goals in each victory in this run, while they have kept a clean sheet in three of the last four.
- Manchester City have scored 3+ goals in each of their last three Premier League games against London sides (3 v Chelsea, 4 v Crystal Palace, 3 v Tottenham) – in the competition’s history only Liverpool in 2001 and Sheffield Wednesday in 1994 have scored 3+ goals in four consecutive games against teams from the capital.
- This will be Pep Guardiola’s 50th Premier League game played on a Sunday with Manchester City (W32 D8 L9), with the Spaniard winning 65% of those matches; the best win rate by a manager on this day of the week in the competition’s history (min. 10 games).
- Man City’s Raheem Sterling has been involved in six goals in his last five Premier League games against Arsenal (4 goals, 2 assists), finding the net in each of his last three against the Gunners.
- Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored five goals in his last two Premier League starts, netting twice against Newcastle, followed by a hat-trick against Leeds. The last Gunners player to score 2+ goals in three consecutive league starts was Derek Tapscott in March 1956, who scored braces against Portsmouth, Everton and Preston.
Arsenal beat Manchester City in their run-up to the FA Cup triumph in 2020 and it seems more probable for this Mikel Arteta led side to upset the odds against a top 6 opposition.
However, the form in which Manchester City are riding on at the moment tips the scale in their favor.
Verdict: Arsenal 1-3 Manchester City