Manchester City host Arsenal in this Saturday's lunch time fixture, in a clash between two of the Premier League’s high-flyers.
With the Gunners currently sitting at the top of the table, six points adrift of Manuel Pellegrini’s men, the league leaders will be hopping to extend this gap even further whilst the Sky Blues will be hoping for a win to get back on the heel’s of the north London side.
City will be full of confidence after managing to come from two goals behind to beat European champions Bayern Munich 3-2 at the Allianz arena with goals from David Silva, Aleksandar Kolarov and James Milner this past week.
This result showed once again that City can score goals at will, with a superstar strike force which includes the likes of Sergio Aguero, Alvaro Negrado, Jesus Navas and David Silva the Arsenal back four are going to have to be on top form to keep out Manchester City’s men.
The mixture of short intricate passes expertly executed by David Silva, combined with the powerful driving runs through the heart of midfield by Yaya Toure, topped of with tremendous finishing from both Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Negrado have seen City in no short supply of goals at home this season. The Sky Blues have managed to rack up a goal tally of 29 goals in an incredible seven games whilst only conceding two at the Etihad. So will Wenger’s boys be able to withhold City’s serial goal scorers?
With the best defensive record away from home this season, having only conceded five goals in their previous seven away games and with no team scoring more than once, the Gunners seem to be in good stead to cross horns with the Manchester side. As well as their fantastic defensive record away from home, Arsenal are also not short of goal scorers themselves. Arsene Wenger seems to be spoilt for choice with a selection of creative goal-scoring talent at his disposal including the man of the hour Aron Ramsey and Arsenal’s major summer signing Mesut Ozil.
The Gunners have dazzled the Premier League this season with their beautiful free flowing one-touch football, slick interchanging of positions and high intensity pressing. Between them, Wenger’s men have managed to accumulate a total of thirty goals so far this campaign with fourteen of these coming away from home and undoubtedly will be looking to increase this goal tally with a win at the Etihad this Saturday. However, Arsenal have had a tough week of football, drawing at home to Everton at the weekend and beaten away at Napoli last night.
In the previous five games between the two sides at the Etihad, Manchester City have managed to come out win three wins, whilst Arsenal have only managed victory once. The last time these two teams met at the Etihad it was a tight 1 -1 affair, both sides had to look to their centre backs for goals with Laurent Koscielny and Joleon Lescott finding the back of the net. Arsenal will be hoping to get their first win at the Etihad since 2010 when goals from Nasri, Song and Bendtner saw tArsenal taking all three points.
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