Manchester City vs Arsenal preview

  • Manchester City vs Arsenal preview

Manchester City vs Arsenal preview

Manchester City and Arsenal love to play an attacking brand of football, and this season has been more about the former scoring goals for fun.

However, ahead of Sunday's meeting between the two sides, Guardiola has cooled the talk, insisting he respects Arsenal and Arsene Wenger.

"I think this type of game must excite the players, to play in a fantastic atmosphere, to play and to know that a lot of people will watch the game in the whole world. Yes". "That is why we have to be focused on an important game for us".

The two sides are all set to face off in the top flight of English football on Sunday, in a match which could make or break the north London giant's league campaign, as they try to close the gap between them and Pep Guardiola's side who are now leading the points table.

Pep Guardiola's side could equal the club league record of nine consecutive victories within a single season, set in February 1947 in the second tier. Indeed, four wins from four games, a maximum of 12 points and a place in the next round of the Champions League already secured means that had City have beaten Everton all those weeks ago, it would have been a flawless start to the season.

They have scored 21 goals in five home games - 18 of their 19 Premier League rivals have a lower overall tally from 10 matches.

Arsenal haven't lifted the Premier League trophy since 2003-04 when the Gunners managed to go unbeaten throughout the season.

City have won their last 14 games in a row in all competitions. They now lie fifth, nine points off the lead.

It has been a similar story in the Champions League, with Wednesday's thrilling 4-2 win at Napoli preserving City's 100 per cent record and booking a place in the knockout stages with two Group F games to spare.

Arsenal finished outside the top four for the first time in 21 years last season and their start to the current campaign was indifferent.

Mesut Ozil has created 30 goalscoring opportunities in the Premier League this season, a joint-league high with Kevin De Bruyne.

Pep Guardiola has downplayed talk Manchester City could sign Alexis Sanchez in January - but has revealed he does have an admiration for another Arsenal star.

Probability of away win: 14%.