Arsenal vs Man City: Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips – Premier League
Arsenal welcome the reigning league champions to The Emirates Stadium as the post-Arsene Wenger era begins.
For the first time in 22 years Arsenal will be led out by someone other than Arsene Wenger as they attempt to put the disappointment of the past few seasons behind them and challenge once again for a top four finish. New head coach Unai Emery will be relishing his chance in the Premier League but may well have hoped that his first game in charge would not be against the favourites for the title.
Manchester City swept Chelsea aside in the Community Shield and have added Riyad Mahrez to the wealth of talent in their squad. With young defenders such as John Stones maturing after an impressive World Cup – and Bernardo Silva improving all the time – City will take some beating this season.
Arsenal will look to new goalkeeper Bernd Leno to add some stability at the back alongside a number of other defensive signings that could add some much needed grit to a team full of highly skilled footballers. Working out how to get the best from Özil while fitting Lacazette and Aubameyang into the same side will keep Emery busy for a while.
The Arsenal faithful will be hoping that their new look side will gel immediately but the sheer power and talent at City’s disposal means this one should end in a sky blue victory – 2-1 Manchester City.
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Manchester City are favourites to become the first team to win back to back titles since 2009 and Pep’s men should come racing out of the traps as the new season starts. Arsenal have some electrifying attacking talent of their own though so expect goals – between them these two teams scored 180 league goals last season.
Goals could come from anywhere in the Manchester City side and even Sergio Aguero looks in the mood after taking a reduced role last season. But De Bruyne is in the form of his life so don’t be surprised if he pops up with one of his specials to kick things off.
Head to Head
Arsenal had a miserable time against Manchester City last season – losing three times with an aggregate score of 9-1. City won 3-1 at home early in the season before beating the Gunners twice in two weeks in the return fixture and the Carabao Cup final.
- Arsenal’s Swiss international Granit Xhaka completed 3,116 passes in the Premier League last season – more than any other player.
- Manchester City won the Premier League with 100 points last season, 19 points clear of their nearest rival.
- Arsenal failed to win a single match away from The Emirates in 2018 until the last day of the season when they beat Huddersfield in Arsene Wenger’s last game in charge.
- Manchester City players occupied the top four positions in the assists table in the 2017-18 season – Kevin De Bruyne taking top spot.