Arsenal v Manchester City Preview, Stats and Betting Tips, Thursday 1st March 2018, The Emirates Stadium, Kick off: 19:45

Arsene Wenger has managed to cling onto his job as Arsenal manager in recent years largely thanks to the Gunners’ successes in the FA Cup. With their hopes of another FA Cup win dashed by Nottingham Forest, the EFL Cup final against Manchester City took on extra significance for Wenger and his team. And yet, they turned in one of the weakest, most uninterested performances of any team this season. The Arsenal players do have a chance to avenge their 3-0 loss when Man City visit the Emirates in the Premier League on Thursday but would you bet on them turning it around?

Arsenal v Manchester City Head to Head Record

  • Arsenal 0-3 Man City – 25th February 2018, EFL Cup
  • Man City 3-1 Arsenal – 5th November 2017, Premier League
  • Arsenal 2-1 Man City (AET) – 23rd April 2017, FA Cup
  • Arsenal 2-2 Man City – 2nd April 2017, Premier League
  • Man City 2-1 Arsenal – 18th December 2016, Premier League

Arsenal v Manchester City Preview

There’s an old cliché in English football that fans will forgive poor performances, what they won’t forgive is a lack of application and effort. It’s for that reason that Jack Wilshere was the only Arsenal player to emerge from Sunday’s final with any credit.

You could hardly say that Wilshere played well in the heart of the Arsenal midfield but at least he looked as if he cared. While other players failed to track back, lost their man or simple appeared not to try (as was the case with Shkodran Mustafi for Man City’s first goal) Wilshere did at least put himself about.

You’d think that a certain amount of professional pride will kick in with the Arsenal players on Thursday and that they’ll at least make it looks as though they’re trying to stop Man City. Nothing surprises you about this current Arsenal team though and it’s questionable whether their best stuff is even good enough to beat Man City any more.

While Arsenal lurch from crisis to crisis, the Citizens continue to move ever closer towards the Premier League title. Pep Guardiola’s men took a great deal of confidence from winning their first piece of silverware under the much decorated Spaniard and they should be able to move even closer to the title at the Emirates.

Man City have lost just one Premier League game all season but Arsenal have already lost eight times. They’ve also secured just one win from their eight encounters with the teams above them in the table. That’s an incredibly worrying run and with the potential for unrest coming from the stands, Thursday night could be yet another low in Arsenal’s recent history.

Relevant Stats, Injuries and Suspensions

During commentary of the EFL Cup final, Gary Neville claimed that Arsenal were no longer even capable of playing the attractive football they’ve been synonymous with for so long. His point is backed up by the stats that show Arsenal have scored 28 fewer league goals than Man City.

The Gunners have at least managed to score in every one of their home games this season. Moreover, they put three past Liverpool, two past both Chelsea and Tottenham and were very unlucky not to score more than one in a pulsating clash with Manchester United.

The stats suggest Arsenal should at least be able to score on Thursday night but is there any hope of them stopping this rampaging Man City team? The Citizens average 2.23 goals scored per away game and the return of Gabriel Jesus from injury only makes them more threatening.

Arsenal will welcome back Henrikh Mkhitaryan who was cup tied on Sunday but will be without Alexandre Lacazette and Santi Cazorla while Nacho Monreal faces a race to be fit. Raheem Sterling and Fernandinho may miss out for Man City and they’ll definitely be without Benjamin Mendy and the suspended Fabian Delph.

Arsenal v Manchester City Tips

There is absolutely no doubt that Manchester City will be crowned Premier League champions this season. The Citizens could wrap the title up in a matter of weeks and should be even closer to their goal after their trip to the Emirates.

Guardiola’s men clearly have the beating of Arsenal and while they are on a high, the Gunners continue to disappoint their fans. City are the clear favourites but there is still value about their price of 4/5 with Betfair.

It’s hard to imagine that Arsenal will be completely outplayed for a second successive match, especially with the Emirates crowd demanding more from their players. For that reason, a bet on both teams to score looks wise at 4/9 with BetVictor while over 3.5 goals is well priced at 6/5 with Coral.

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