Venue: Etihad Stadium
Date: 5 November 2017
Referee: Michael Oliver
Kick off: 14:15
Manchester City welcome 5th placed Arsenal to the Etihad in Sunday’s mouthwatering clash. City’s irresistible form of late has seen them vanquish the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea and Napoli both home and away, three sides who offer unique challenges and of all of which were dispatched of with relative ease by City.
The Gunners will be without Danny Welbeck, Santi Cazorla and Shkodran Mustafi. The German’s absence will be a massive blow for Arsenal who grabbed the equaliser the last time these two sides met in the Premier League as well as adding some much needed defensive steel. David Ospina is a doubt.
City thankfully have no fresh injury concerns with just Benjamin Mendy and Vincent Kompany being the only absentees for this weekend’s encounter.
Whilst many of us are pining for the return of Mendy, Fabian Delph has assimilated to the full back role with ease and is looking ever more natural with each passing game.
Since Arsenal’s embarrassing defeat at the hands of Watford they’ve managed to kick on somewhat and deliver some more assured performances, most notably their 2-5 destruction of Everton at Goodison Park.
Most recently they were left frustrated in a 0-0 draw against Red Star Belgrade but despite this the Gunners still secured qualification to the Round of 16 of the Europa League.
Manchester City: WWWWW
It’s been business as usual in the recent weeks for ‘The Blues’ with five wins from five with City’s League Cup win against a resilient Wolverhampton Wanderers coming after a penalty shoot-out.
City’s recent 2-4 away win against Napoli has left many purring over the performance, with City being the first Premier League side in history to win at the Stadio San Paolo.
It was Sergio Aguero, however, who stole the show with his record breaking 178th goal for City cementing his place as a star in what is a golden era for ‘The Blues’.
As to be expected a game of this magnitude has been picked up by Sky Sports and will be shown on ‘Super Sunday’ on Sky Sports Premier League at 2:15pm.
Given City’s form this season I cannot see anything other than a win for the Blues.
Whilst it can be argued both City and Arsenal play a similar brand of football, Arsenal simply don’t have the quality of player or coaching to replicate the football City have exhibited week after week this season.
I feel Arsenal will struggle with City’s intensity and ferocity from the off and can see it finishing Manchester City 4-1 Arsenal.
Ederson, Walker, Otamendi, Stones, Delph
Sané, D. Silva, De Bruyne
Cech, Bellerin, Holding, Koscielny, Monreal, Kolasinac
Sanchez, Lacazette, Ozil