Whenever Manchester City and Arsenal get together, 1. it’s massive, with a lot of ramifications and 2. is a reunion of former mates. Mikel Arteta, Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchencko will all be looking to get one over here on their former team.
City started the campaign off in imperial fashion, but have since come back to Earth, once the injuries and suspensions piled up.
Arsenal vs Manchester City FYIs
Kickoff: Sun. Oct. 8, 4:30pm, Emirates Stadium
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Team News: Arsenal Manchester City
Google Result Probability: Arsenal 33% Manchester City 39% Draw 28%
PL Standing: Arsenal 3rd, 17 pts Manchester City 1st, 18 pts
PL Form: Arsenal WDWWD Manchester City LWWWW
This is really anybody’s ballgame, to be sure, but City are favored despite being on the road and short-handed. If Pep Guardiola approaches the game straight up, tactically, he should win. If he tries to get too creative with the lineup and/or the strategy, well then that is when the trouble typically starts.
Here is what we think his strongest starting lineup option is.
Manchester City Starting XI Prediction at Arsenal FC
Ederson; Josko Gvardiol, Ruben Dias, Manuel Akanji, Kyle Walker; Rico Lewis, Mateo Kovacic; Phil Foden, Julian Alvarez, Jeremy Doku; Erling Haaland
Prediction: Man City 2, Arsenal 1
Same as it ever was, we think and predict.
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