Manchester City vs. Arsenal: Premier League – Match Preview

Mikel Arteta returns to his former employers as he takes his Arsenal side to Manchester City in one of the games of the weekend.

Manchester City have just one win from their first three Premier League matches and were held to a 1-1 draw at Leeds United in their last game.

Raheem Sterling opened the scoring, however Rodrigo opened his Leeds United account after the break.

Arsenal recorded a third win in four as they edged past Sheffield United at the Emirates.

Goals from Bukayo Saka and Nicolas Pepe mean Arsenal sit fourth in the league following a decent start.

Match history
Manchester City have won the last seven league meetings between the two, including an easy 3-0 win at the Etihad last year.

Arsenal did get revenge though, beating City 2-0 on route to the FA Cup last term.

Last five Premier League meetings
Manchester City 3 Arsenal 0 – 17/06/20
Arsenal 0 Manchester City 3 – 15/12/19
Manchester City 3 Arsenal 1 – 03/02/19
Arsenal 0 Manchester City 2 – 12/08/18
Arsenal 0 Manchester City 3 – 01/03/18

Team news
Kevin De Bruyne has been ruled out and could miss a couple of weeks.

Sterling should be fine though, whilst Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus are nearing a return.

Deadline day signing Thomas Partey may have to wait to make his debut, having had just a couple of training sessions.

Arsenal are still waiting to find out whether Kieran Tierney will be allowed to play this weekend after he was forced into self-isolation.

Expected starting XI’s
Manchester City (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Dias, Laporte, Ake; Fernandinho, Rodrigo, Gundogan; Silva, Sterling, Foden
Arsenal (3-4-3): Leno; Luiz, Gabriel, Holding; Bellerin, Xhaka, Elneny, Maitland-Niles; Pepe, Lacazette, Aubameyang

Predictions

Result: Manchester City
Manchester City have won their last four matches at home to Arsenal in all competitions

Correct Score: 2-1
There have been over 2.5 goals in the last five meetings between the two at the Etihad

Anytime Goalscorer: Raheem Sterling
Raheem Sterling has six goals in 13 matches against the Gunners

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