A disastrous start for Arsenal saw them lose to Brentford on the opening weekend, while they were bullied and outplayed by Chelsea last time out.
Those 2-0 defeats mean that if they fail to score against the reigning champions Man City this Saturday, they’ll be goalless in August and won’t be able to award a goal on the month.
The Citizens had a slow start against Spurs when losing 1-0, but they looked back to their best against last years’ Championship winners Norwich, winning 5-0.
The introduction of Aymeric Laporte at the weekend for Nathan Ake certainly made a difference in their performance, while Kyle Walker replacing Benjamin Mendy also gave them some more solidarity at the back.
Moreover, it was clear the presence of Ilkay Gundogan in the midfield allowed for a clear connection between the defence and attack and with Kevin De Bruyne still a doubt, he’ll be the main man alongside new singing Jack Grealish in midfield.
The £100 million player from Aston Villa managed to get a fortunate goal as the ball deflected off him last time out, but he’s been outstanding around the field and should add to his goal contributions.
Man City To Win 3-0 Or 3-1
The Gunners have had a tough time in this head-to-head since the start of the 2017/18 campaign.
They’ve lost 10 of the 11 meetings across all tournaments in that time, netting just three goals across those defeats. In fact, they’ve lost all eight in the Premier League by an aggregate 19-2, conceding exactly three goals in over half those outings.
Mikel Arteta will be feeling the pressure in North London now the cries of him to leave are starting to circulate.
The bookmakers have made his side the biggest odds they’ve ever been to win a Premier League match and that is probably for a good reason.
All of Ben White, Thomas Partey, Gabriel, Edward Nketiah, Alex Lacazette and Hector Bellerin look set to miss the fixture, and it looks a question of how big a margin of defeat, not if.
Their record away at what we would say have been the best two teams over the last five seasons – Man City & Liverpool – has seen them lose all the last nine such trips, conceding three or more in all but one of them and exactly three times in six.
With that in mind, that’ll likely be the way this one plays out again in front of a packed-out Etihad Stadium.
MAN CITY TO WIN 3-0 OR 3-1