Taking centre stage on Sunday afternoon is the big Arsenal v Manchester City Premier League showdown. This is a mouth-watering clash because it could have a big bearing on the outcome of the race for the top four spots this season. Hosts Arsenal are starting the weekends six points adrift of fourth place in the standings, but with at least a game in hand over all of those above them. But a loss in this one would see them fall ten points behind City who start the weekend in third place.
So the pressure would really be on for the Gunners if they tank in this one. Fortunately, they do have some head to head form running in this one because they have only lost one of their last 19 games at home in the Premier League against the Citizens. Arsenal have only been beaten twice on home soil in the top flight this season, so that suggests that they are going to be able to keep this close. Despite them having gone W1 L4 in their last five league games, three of those losses were away from home.
Arsenal suffered a 2-1 defeat at the Etihad earlier in the season and will be out looking to make amends for that loss as well. The pressure is rising on boss Arsene Wenger but will he be able to get the better of Pep Guardiola? Manchester City are unbeaten in seven league games now and they have managed to take four clean sheets in their last six games. They have put together a three-match winning streak out on the road in the top flight, without having conceded a single goal.
The incentive here for City is to really lock in a top four spot and the three points would see them take a giant step towards that. It’s not an easy away game for the Citizens and they have to quickly prepare for a midweek trip to Chelsea as well in the league. So it is going to be a big few days for the Citizens in the chase for a top-four spot. Can they get things off to a winning strat by completing the league double over the Gunners this season?
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