Arsenal vs Manchester City
Manchester City have gone seven top-flight matches without defeat (Premier League), they however dropped two valuable points at home against Liverpool, due to some poor finishing – In a game they should have comfortably won. Manchester City will want to cement their top four position with a win at the Emirates especially as they will have to face Chelsea in a crucial midweek game.
Arsenal look like they be finishing outside the top four for the first time in almost over two decades. Arsenal are currently occupy the sixth position after only winning one game in five matches. Arsene Wenger has also come under increasing pressure from the fans to due to poor performances, both domestically and in Europe.
Manchester City’s striker Kelechi Iheanacho has warned Arsenal that Manchester City will becoming for all the three points on Sunday.
“We are going to go to the Emirates and fight,” he is quoted saying, “We need a win there. It’s a good team, so we need to fight hard to get three points.
“We are in a good situation. We played well against Liverpool and showed good character.
“We defend well, we attack well, but unfortunately we couldn’t win. We are in a good position in the Premier League, we keep fighting and focus.”
- Arsene Wenger has won just two of his previous nine competitive meetings with Pep Guardiola (W2 D2 L5), both in the Champions League.
- This is only the second time that Arsenal have found themselves outside the top five in the Premier League as late as April in a season under Arsene Wenger – the other occasion was in April 2006.
- On the day of this game, Arsenal will have spent 1209 days behind Manchester City in the Premier League table since the start of 2011-12. In the six Premier League seasons prior to this (2005-06 to 2010-11) they spent just 246 days behind Man City in the Premier League table.
- Theo Walcott has scored four goals in his last four Premier League games versus Manchester City, but he hasn’t scored in the league since December (against City).
- Only Thierry Henry (0.73) has a better goals per game record against Premier League sides from London than Sergio Aguero (0.70) – min. 15 games. The Argentine striker has 37 goals in 53 apps against teams from the capital.
- These two sides have scored the most goals through substitutes in the Premier League this season – Arsenal (8) and Manchester City (7).
- Pep Guardiola has suffered five league defeats as Manchester City boss this season – he’s never lost six in a single league campaign as a manager.
- Manchester City have won just four of their last 15 Premier League matches played on a Sunday (W4 D6 L5).
- If all goals scored after the 85th minute in the Premier League this season were removed, Arsenal would be seven points worse off (more than any other side) and below WBA & Everton in the table (8th).
- Arsenal have lost just one of 19 previous home Premier League matches against Manchester City (W12 D6).
- Manchester City are looking to do the double over Arsenal in a league season for the first time since 1975/76.
- The last seven Premier League meetings between these two sides have produced 27 goals – 3.86 per game, on average.