Manchester City v Arsenal Preview with Paul Dickov & Kevin Campbell

They say that Sunday is the day of rest, but you can be sure that there will be no respite this weekend when two of the Premier League’s elite go head-to-head as Manchester City host Arsenal. 

If recent meetings between two of England’s most stellar clubs are anything to go by, then we could be in for quite a spectacle at the Etihad. You have to go back to the beginning of 2015 for the last time either side managed to keep their counterparts from scoring (in a 2-0 Arsenal away win). As well as serving up goals by the shedload, the Sky Blues and the Gunners represent two of the slickest and stylish teams in the country, promising us a real feast of football. Talking exclusively to Betsafe ahead of this huge match between the best of the best are former City legend Paul Dickov and ex-Gunners forward Kevin Campbell – who were once former team-mates at Arsenal. Take a look at what they have to say in the video below!  

The Context

Heading into this one, there may be an underlying desire to settle a score or two from the Sky Blues. Arsenal and Manchester City met at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-final and it was the Gunners who pulled off what was at the time, a shock result. Following a run of poor performances back in April which saw the Gunners lose to both Crystal Palace and West Brom, the pressure on long-serving manager Arsene Wenger was building rapidly. Ahead of the cup clash, The Frenchman broke the habit of a lifetime and switched his tactics to a three-man defence and grabbed a dramatic win that eventually paved the way for his seventh FA Cup after downing rivals Chelsea. 

The winner that day was scored in extra-time by Gunners talisman Alexis Sanchez. The 28 year-old Chilean has long been subject of admiring glances from City manager Pep Guardiola and there have been substantial reports that Sanchez could be heading for the exit door for over a year. 

Arsenal’s top scorer last season with 24 goals, the forward is yet to put pen to paper and extend his stay at The Emirates, despite increased pressure from fans of the red half of North London desperate for him to stay.  

Guardiola signed the then-promising, yet unproven Sanchez from Udinese while he was Barcelona boss. The pair won the Copa Del Rey and the UEFA Super Cup together and it remains to be seen whether they will link up again. 

If he does make his way to the Etihad, then Sanchez would form a potent attacking partnership with another South American hotshot, Sergio Agüero. 

The City striker has scored in each of the three previous games against Arsenal and has an impressive three goals in the last five matches between the sides. 

However, Aguero isn’t the only one who has found this fixture to be ‘fill-your-boots’ prospect. Theo Walcott, maybe to the surprise of some, has a fantastic record against Manchester City – netting five times in as many games against the Sky Blues. 

But City fans can be encouraged, not only by the scintilating football displayed by their side this year, but also by the fact that Guardiola has only lost three times to Arsene Wenger in their eleven meetings. Can the Spaniard extend his impressive form and increase City’s lead at the top of the Premier League table?

Key Stats

  • Both Arsenal and Man City are two of the most in-form teams in Premier League. The Gunners scoring 12 times and City racking up 17 goals in the last five matches.
  •  There have been over 2.5 goals in each of the last five meeting between the two sides.
  •  Olivier Giroud has three goals in his last four starts against the Sky Blues. 
  •  The Gunners are one of the worst travellers in the Premier League. Losing three times on the road this season. 
  •  Man City have only dropped points to Everton this season while on their home turf, scoring a whopping 21 goals.  
  •  City have won every game in which they have been leading by half-time.