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Manchester City vs Arsenal
England Premier League,
Date: Saturday, 28 August 2021
Kick-off 12:30 UK/ 13:30 CET
Venue: Etihad Stadium.

Manchester City and Arsenal are set to take on each other in the first game of the Premier League Matchday No 3 on Saturday afternoon at the Etihad Stadium.

The Citizens got their maiden three-pointer on the board last Saturday and they did so in some style.

Pep Guardiola’s machinery bagged five goals past newcomers Norwich City to successfully bounce back from back-to-back 0-1 defeats to Leicester City (Community Shield) and Tottenham Hotspur (Premier League).

The Citizens had five different men on the scoresheet last weekend. Gabriel Jesus came up big with a couple of assists, while Jack Grealish got his first Man City goal on the occasion.

The champions will come into this third round fixture against Arsenal as enormous favorites.

The Gunners are facing huge problems with sidelined players at the beginning of the season.

The absences of their two main forward options (Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette) through COVID-19 protocols made Mikel Arteta’s troops toothless in the final third.

Arsenal thus failed to find the back of the net in successive 0-2 defeats to Brentford and Chelsea and there is literally nothing to suggest a pleasant afternoon for them here against the Citizens.

Manchester City vs Arsenal Head-to-head

  • Overall, Arsenal have a much better record in this matchup with 89 wins and 52 defeats in 183 meetings with the Citizens.
  • However, Manchester City have been the dominant force in the most recent history.
  • The Citizens won 10 of the last 11 encounters with Arsenal. The run includes three victories in the previous season (two in the Premier League and one in the League Cup).
  • Arsenal scored only one goal in the last seven Premier League matches against Manchester City.

Manchester City vs Arsenal Prediction

Arsenal were completely outplayed by Chelsea in the last weekend’s London derby. This should be an even more one-sided affair and the Gunners will likely be on the wrong end of it once again.

Anything but a comprehensive clean-sheet victory for the hosts would represent a massive surprise here.

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  • Manchester City are unbeaten in their last 11 league games against Arsenal (W9 D2) since a 2-1 defeat at the Emirates in December 2015. They’ve taken 28 of a possible 30 points against the Gunners under Pep Guardiola (W9 D1).
  • Arsenal have lost each of their last eight Premier League meetings with Manchester City, their joint-longest run of consecutive defeats against a specific opponent in their league history (also 8 vs Leeds between 1973-1976).
  • Man City have kept a clean sheet in six of their last seven league meetings with Arsenal, including the last four in a row since a 3-1 home win in February 2019.
  • Arsenal have lost their last six games against reigning Premier League champions, conceding exactly three goals in each of the last five. The Gunners have won just one of their last 17 away league games against reigning champions (D6 L10), with that victory coming at Manchester City in January 2015 (2-0).
  • Manchester City have won both of their last two Premier League home games by a 5-0 scoreline. In Premier League history, only Man City themselves (October 2017) and Chelsea (August 2010) have won three consecutive home games by 5+ goals before.
  • Arsenal have lost their opening two league games for the second time in the last four seasons, having done so in just one of their previous 63 campaigns before this. In their league history, the Gunners have only lost each of their first three league games on four occasions – 1894-95 (second tier), 1921-22, 1923-24 and 1954-55 (all top-flight).
  • Arsenal have failed to score in their first three league games in just two of their previous 117 seasons, doing so in 1904-05 and 1953-54. However, they picked up at least one point in their opening three games in both of those campaigns.
  • Arsenal have had 28 shots in their two Premier League games this season, but have an expected goals total of just 1.54. Their xG-per-shot of just 0.06 is the joint-lowest in the division so far this season.
  • Man City’s Raheem Sterling has been involved in seven goals in his last six Premier League appearances against Arsenal (5 goals, 2 assists), netting in each of his last four against the Gunners including the only goal in both meetings last term.
  • Man City’s Rúben Dias (72) and Jack Grealish (60) have made more ball carries than any other players in the Premier League so far this season, while Grealish has carried the ball further than anyone else so far (739 metres).

 

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