Preview: Manchester City vs Arsenal – prediction, team news, lineups
The professor will meet the protégé at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday lunchtime when Manchester City takes on Arsenal in week three of the 2021-22 Premier League season.
Both teams recorded landslide victories in their most recent encounters, with City achieving a 5-0 victory over Norwich City, while the Gunners thrashed West Bromwich Albion 6-0 in the EFL Cup.
Harry Kane out, Cristiano Ronaldo? Manchester City’s lengthy search for the England captain has not borne fruit following confirmation that he will stay at Tottenham Hotspur, but Pep Guardiola’s team is now inclined to move for the five-time Ballon winner. I pray in the next few days.
However, if last week’s performance against Norwich served any purpose, City rarely needs more attacking options in their ranks, as goals from Jack Grealish, Raheem Sterling, Riyad Mahrez, Aymeric Laporte, and an own goal. Tim Krul’s goal propelled them into a direct strip. 5-0 win over Norwich last time.
After bouncing back from their Community Shield loss to Leicester City and opening day loss to Tottenham Hotspur, the reigning champions recorded their second consecutive 5-0 Premier League win at home following the beating on the final day of last year. over Everton, but Liverpool, Manchester United, and Chelsea remain above Guardiola’s men for the moment.
Furthermore, this weekend’s hosts have only failed to score in one of their last 35 Premier League matches at the Etihad Stadium, a staggering streak that is unlikely to end no matter who leads the line from Kane, Ronaldo, or Gabriel Jesus.
Of course, a landslide victory over Arsenal would allow the Citizens to temporarily regain their rightful place at the top of the rankings, and given the recent performances of his opponents, Arteta is a long way from emulating his former teacher Guardiola.
Of course, Arsenal’s double-digit absence list was not ideal for the visit of European champion Chelsea, as Arteta’s men tried to correct the mistakes of their sad opening day loss to Brentford in front of their own fans.
However, the game played out the way many Gooners feared, with Romelu Lukaku fighting his way through the Arsenal defense to score the first goal, while Reece James put the game out of sight before the whistle of halftime.
Having supposedly given only a few games to save his job in the Emirates dugout, Arteta’s intention to leave a score in the EFL Cup was clear, as a strong Gunners XI thrashed 6-0 to a West Bromwich Albion-looking Juvenile on Wednesday. second-round clash.
While that result gave Arsenal’s traveling party something to cheer for, moments of celebration have been few and far between in the Premier League, though they embarked on a seven-game road unbeaten run before suffering defeat. against Brentford.
Since the 1954-55 season, Arsenal has not lost their first three games in a top-flight season, but if they are to avoid a similar fate here, Arteta’s men must emulate the 2019-20 FA Cup-winning team. , which sent City packing 2-0 in the semifinals.
While their record on Wembley turf is unmatched, Arsenal has not endured as many fortunes at Etihad Stadium as they have lost their last five league games to Guardiola’s men and have won just one of their last 10 at the blue side of Manchester.