Wembley wasn’t too kind to Arsenal on Sunday, with the lacklustre Gunners completely outplayed by Manchester City in the League Cup Final. They lost comprehensively, but will be hoping they can pull back some self respect at The Emirates on Thursday.
This followed on from a 2-1 loss to Ostersund in the Europa League, with Arsene Wenger’s heavily rotated squad failing to deliver. They still qualified on aggregate, but that dismal performance will undoubtedly make Wenger think twice before giving certain players a chance.
Arsenal aren’t exactly performing at their best in the Premier League either, sitting 6th in the table after winning just two of their last seven matches. They are already ten points adrift of the top four, so another season without Champions League football could be on the cards.
Most of Arsenal’s problems come away from home though, and at The Emirates they look a completely different team. In the league they have lost just once at home this season and have won ten of their 13 matches and scored 36 goals in the process.
This could worry Manchester City. Despite The Citizens excellent cup win and the fact they have won seven of their last nine competitive games, they have shown signs of slowing down in the Premier League. They have failed to win each of their last three away days, and lost for the first time this season when they visited Anfield. Their position at the top of the table is under no immediate threat though, but they will want to regain some confidence on the road.
One thing we can expect is goals. Manchester City’s trip to Anfield saw seven goals scored in total, and Arsenal have seen a huge 21 goals in their last four home games in the league. Their four games against the current top five at home have seen 16 goals scored in total, with both teams scoring in three of those games and at least three goals being scored in three as well.
In fact, both teams have found the net in five of their last six, and this season nine of their 13 home games have seen at least three goals. This makes backing Over 2.5 Goals and Both Teams to Score look a great bet, along with a 2-2 correct score predictions.
We’re also backing Sergio Aguero and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang to find the net. Aguero has been in sensational form recently and has an excellent record in London. He has scored 43 goals in his 62 meetings with London based sides, and has scored 20 Premier League goals in the capital. Seven of these have come in his last seven starts, so he looks a great chance. Aubameyang may not have the same record but the newly signed forward scored in his Emirates debut and will be looking to take advantage of the absence of Fernandinho.
Head To Head
Manchester City have won three, drawn two, and lost two of their last seven meetings with Arsenal, but haven’t won at The Emirates since 2013.
Arsenal vs Manchester City Stats
- Arsenal have seen an average of 3.84 goals per game at the Emirates in the Premier League this season.
- There have been 16 goals scored in The Gunners other four hostings of the current Premier League top five, with Over 2.5 Goals and Both Teams to Score landing in 75% of them.
- Manchester City have scored in 92% of their away games in the Premier League this season.