Can Emery’s Arsenal beat the Premier League champs?

Last updated: August 10, 2018 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Sunday, 15:00 pm
Venue: Emirates Stadium
Coverage: Sky Sports
Home Form: WDWDW
Away Form: WLLWW
Last Meeting: Arsenal 0 – 3 Man City
Competition: EPL

The Barclays Premier League is back and it starts with a bang. The reigning English Champions face Arsenal in the most exciting opening fixture of the season. Manchester City have already started the season on a high, beating Chelsea 2-0 to win the Community Shield.

The scars of last season’s two consecutive losses with the same score line of 3-0 will still be fresh in every Arsenal fans mind. They now have a new manager in Unai Emery who took over from Arsene Wenger. He has started to impose his philosophies and already Arsenal look more ambitious, tougher and determined to make a bold statement as the battle for league dominance begins. The Gunners were last in the top six challenge missing out on the UEFA Champions League spot for the second season running.

Manchester City have such depth in their squad that they put in a strong performance at Wembley even without their key players who are still on post World Cup leave. Arsenal on the other hand have had a full camp with enough time to link up and understand the manager’s new system of play. Arsenal may well feel there is no better time to play City in this weakened state and home advantage could be key.

Arsenal have been the busiest team in the top six in the transfer market bringing on board five players, followed by Liverpool with four, while Manchester City only made one signing. There is no difference in expenditure with Manchester City spending £60m compared to Arsenal splashing £70m on four players and one on a free transfer. The match has all of the ingredients to be a classic. Both teams love playing attacking football and the signs are that we should expect a lot of goals from the two sides. The Citizens already have their groove going, they created numerous chances against Chelsea and scored two goals, but it could easily have been four or five. Arsenal now have a goal scoring pair of their own in Alexander Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Team News

The Gunners have a host of injury concerns in defence, where Monreal, Kolasinac and Koscielny are all unlikely to feature.

Arsenal could also be without Aaron Ramsey who is struggling to reach fitness from an injury.

Riyad Mahrez may make his first Premier League appearance for City. The new signing was excellent in the Community Shield from the right hand side for Manchester City.

Aymeric Laporte is doubtful, opening the door for John Stones to stake a claim for a regular starting place this season.

Expected Line-Ups:

Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Leno, Bellerini, Mustafi, Sokratis, Monreal, Torreira, Ramsey, Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Aubameyang, Lacazette.
Subs: Cech, Lichtsteiner, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Welbeck
Injured: Koscielny, Monreal, Kolasinac
Doubtful: Ramsey
Not available:
Man City (4-5-1): Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Mendy, Fernandinho, B.Silva, Yoden, Mahrez, Sane, Aguero
Subs: Bravo, Delph, Otamendi, Danilo, Gundogan, G. Jesus, Diaz
Doubtful: Sterling, Silva, Kevin De Bruyne
Not available:

So Far This Season

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Arsenal This Season Man City This Season
League Position
0 (0) Wins (away) 0 (0)
Biggest Win
0 (0) Draws (away) 0 (0)
Biggest Defeat
Top Goal Scorer
Y0, R0 Discipline Y0, R0
Failures to Score
Clean Sheets
Both Teams to Score Games
Over 2.5 Goals
Under 2.5 Goals
  • Arsenal have a superior head-to-head record, beating the Citizens 96 times. However, the visitors have only lost once to Arsenal in the last seven encounters.
  • The Gunners have lost 53 times with 45 draws between the pair.
  • The pair took part in a Premier League classic in 2013, City won by a score line of 6 -3, with goals from Theo Walcott and Per Mertesacker..
  • Arsenal remain the only team to go a whole Premier League season unbeaten, though City lost just a few games last year.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
01/03/2018 EPL Arsenal 0-3 Man City Bernado Silva 15’
25/02/2018 EFL Cup Arsenal 3-0 Man City Aguero 13’
05/11/2017 EPL Man City 3-1 Arsenal De-Bruyne 19′’
23/04/2017 FA Cup Arsenal 2-1 Man City Monreal 79’
02/04/2017 EPL Arsenal 2-2 Man City Walcott 40′

Conclusion & Betting Tips

Manchester City are confident coming off the back of their record breaking season and are all charged up to start this season on a high. They have a very impressive recent record against Arsenal.

The attacking talent on display makes the first goal-scorer market attractive. Manchester City’s all-time top scorer Sergio Aguero is a very viable bet, as he has just passed the 200 goals mark for City with 2 goals over the weekend. Betway have the Argentine favourite with odds of 4/1.

A safer bet, based on the fact that both teams are on good goal scoring form, is the under/ over market, with odds for over 3.5 @ 29/20 and over 2.5 @ 3/5.