Manchester City responded in typical trend after their opening spherical loss by thrashing Norwich, their second-straight 5-0 dwelling win and an outcome which prompted boss Pep Guardiola to joke that his group had been now “scary” after being “written off” the week earlier than. Nonetheless, that win prolonged their run of inconsistent performances ranging from the backend of the final season that’s seen them alternate wins and losses over their final seven Premier League (PL) rounds.
They’ll be extremely fancied to snap that seven-game sequence towards an Arsenal facet they’ve overwhelmed in 5 straight-dwelling H2Hs. They opened the scoring within the final 4 of these and did likewise in 16 of 19 dwelling league video games final season, though that couldn’t cease Metropolis recording much fewer factors at dwelling (41) than away (45) for the primary time since their top-flight return in 2002/03.
Covid chaos and accidents have undoubtedly performed an enormous half in Arsenal beginning a PL season for the first time ever with two straight defeats ‘to nil’, however the method of the losses will nonetheless fear the Arsenal hierarchy and ramp up stress on supervisor Mikel Arteta after an enormous summertime spend.
We’re more likely to see the ‘Gunners’ in a greater gentle later within the season, simply as final marketing campaign, after they gained essentially the most factors per recreation – bar Metropolis – from Xmas onwards. They subsequently look set to create one other undesirable file as defeat right here will see them register 9 straight PL losses towards Metropolis, which might mark their longest run of consecutive league defeats vs any membership!
Gamers to look: Raheem Sterling has eight professional objectives vs Arsenal, together with each PL match winner’s final season. Arsenal’s solely winning towards Metropolis within the final 11 makes an attempt featured two objectives from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and his final 21 goalscoring membership video games (90 minutes) have seen Arsenal keep away from defeat.
Sizzling stat: Throughout the final 23 aggressive H2Hs, 22 have featured at the very least one first-half aim.