Arsenal v Manchester City: Premier League 2014

Arsenal v Manchester City - Always Back winners Fixture

Arsenal v Manchester City is the first fixture up this weekend after all the activity of Transfer Deadline Day and both looking to bounce back after disappointing results last time out…..we’ve got a monster offer of 8/1 Arsenal or 7/1 Man City……read on!!!!!!

The Gooners drawing at Leicester City going down at home to Stoke City are struggling to keep pace with league leaders Chelsea.

Danny Welbeck could make his Arsenal debut against Manchester City, having scored twice for England on Monday, though Aaron Ramsey who sprained his ankle playing for Wales doubtful.

Mesut Ozil, Mikel Arteta and Kieran Gibbs are all fit, while for Manchester City, midfielder Fernando has been ruled out with a groin injury which could keep him out for two weeks.

Stevan Jovetic is also missing with a hamstring injury, but Frank Lampard and Eliaquim Mangala are in the squad.

Both teams like to command possession, and therefore the midfield battle will be crucial in gaining the upper hand in the game. Arteta will sit deep and focus primarily on watching David Silva and Samir Nasri’s drifts into central positions, but he might be the freest midfielder.

Wilshere and Ramsey (if fit) will be battling against Toure and Fernandinho higher up the pitch.

In terms of attacking penetration, the only genuinely direct winger should be Sanchez, up against Clichy. The Chilean hasn’t yet found his best form for Arsenal, but this open, technical game could be perfect for him – he possesses the ability to come short and become involved in build-up play.

He can also race in behind the defence too, with the other wide players – Ozil, Silva and Nasri – likely to drift inside…..that penetration could be vital.

City’s most interesting zone is upfront, where Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero will play two-against-two, high up against Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker.

Arsenal should be worried about Aguero’s pace in behind Mertesacker, who has looked extremely tired in the first few weeks – although a fortnight without a game, following his international retirement – should bring him back up to full fitness.

Still, few can cope with Aguero’s speed, and the clever way Dzeko pulls the other centre-back up the pitch with movement towards the ball could tempt Koscielny away from a covering zone. With Silva and Nasri’s through-balls in behind, Aguero might find this the perfect game for his pace.

Form Guide…..


  • Arsenal have won 52 of their 86 home league games against Manchester City (D20, L14).
  • However, the Gunners have won just one of the last five home league meetings (D3, L1).
  • City have only lost two of their last nine games against Arsenal in all competitions (W4, D3).


  • Arsenal conceded five goals or more in three Premier League games last season – all were 12.45 kick-offs against top-four finishers, including a 6-3 defeat against Manchester City.
  • The Gunners had the worst record in games against their fellow top-four finishers last season (W1, D2, L3, F7, A18).
  • Arsenal have not lost a home league game since the opening day of last season (W14, D5).
  • The Gunners have recorded two of the three largest match possession shares this season (76{70aeb3532cb26dbe277d25ea128ebb74de84b9bd22e1583b0eb1b73768e061f6} against Crystal Palace and 69{70aeb3532cb26dbe277d25ea128ebb74de84b9bd22e1583b0eb1b73768e061f6} against Leicester).
  • Alexis Sanchez became Arsenal’s 100th different Premier League goalscorer against Leicester last time out.

Manchester City

  • They have only failed to score in two of their last 20 matches in all competitions – their Community Shield defeat against Arsenal and Stoke’s win at the Etihad Stadium last time out.
  • Manchester City have not lost two consecutive league games since October 2010 (one of those defeats was against the Gunners).
  • Only Arsenal and Liverpool (both 35 points) had a better away record than City last season (34).
  • Sergio Aguero has scored eight goals in his last 10 Premier League away games.

Suggested Bets….

The previous encounters have been a bit short on goals in previous years but has been different with Wenger v Pellegrini with 14 goals in the last 3 matches, so will go with a BTTS – YES

The last four meetings between these two at the Emirates has produced five red cards and 19 yellows – Mark Clattenburg is the man in charge this time and while he is yet to give anyone their marching orders so far this season in the Premier League, he is averaging four yellows per game.

Back ‘Both Teams To Score – YES’  @ 1.93

Back Over 45pts in Bookings odds at over 3.0

Back Aguero in First Goalscorer at 6.6

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