Saturday’s Premier League action kicks off at the Etihad Stadium as Manchester City take on out-of-sorts Arsenal in an exciting showdown.
Heading into proceedings as overwhelming favorites to secure all three points, Manchester City will be looking to pour more misery on Arsenal’s disastrous early season.
After consecutive eighth-place finishes, the Londoners have started the new Premier League campaign with a whimper rather than a bang, ramping up pressure on under-fire boss Mikel Arteta.
Manchester City Preview
Manchester City responded to an underwhelming 1-0 loss away to Tottenham on the opening weekend with a 5-0 hammering of newly-promoted Norwich City last time out.
Yet, a lack of consistency has seen the Citizens alternate between winning and losing across their last seven Premier League outings, 2020/21 included.
On the bright side, Pep Guardiola’s men have won back-to-back home top-flight matches by the identical 5-0 scoreline and could post three successive triumphs by a 5+ goal margin for the second time in the club’s history.
Delivering action from the get-go, Manchester City scored precisely two first-half goals in both those victories after breaking the deadlock within 11 minutes of play.
Mikel Arteta has come under heavy scrutiny after becoming the first Arsenal manager to start a new Premier League campaign with two straight defeats ‘to nil.’
Indeed, the Lodonders head into proceedings as one of just four teams in England’s top tier yet to find the back of the net this term despite attempting 28 shots across their opening two league fixtures.
The Spaniard will be desperate to avoid leading his side to three consecutive losses at the beginning of a new top-flight season for the first time since 1954/55.
However, to achieve that, the Gunners will have to defy their ‘reigning champions jinx’ that has seen them lose each of their last six league matches against titleholders.
It gets worse, considering they conceded exactly three goals in each of their last five such contests.
Manchester City vs Arsenal Head-to-Head
Ever since Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal side claimed a 2-0 victory at the Etihad in January 2015, trips to Manchester have turned into a nightmare for the Gunners.
Ahead of the kick-off, the visitors have lost five top-flight visits to the Etihad in a row, drawing a blank in the last two.
Home and away, Arsenal have lost each of their last eight Premier League meetings with Manchester City.
The Gunners could set another unwanted record here if they fail to avoid defeat. They’ve never lost nine straight top-flight encounters versus a specific opposition.
Manchester City vs Arsenal Predicted Line-ups
Manchester City (4-3-3): Ederson Moraes; Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte, Joao Cancelo; Bernardo Silva, Rodri, Jack Grealish; Gabriel Jesus, Ferran Torres, Raheem Sterling.
Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Bernd Leno; Calum Chambers, Rob Holding, Pablo Mari, Nuno Tavares; Albert Sambi Lokonga, Granit Xhaka; Nicolas Pepe, Martin Odegaard, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang; Alexandre Lacazette.