Arsenal vs Manchester City Preview

Arsenal vs Manchester City

Competition – Barclays Premier League

Stadium – Emirates Stadium

Date: 12th August 2018

Kick-off time – 16:00 GMT

This is arguably the biggest game of the Premier League’s opening weekend as Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City visit the Emirates Stadium to begin their defence of the Premier League title.

The Gunners are starting a new era under Unai Emery after Arsene Wenger’s 22 years reign came to an end last season.

Arsenal will be looking to make a good start even if they are not favourites to win the title this season.

They have looked good under the former Sevilla boss in pre-season.

The Gunners lost on penalties to Atletico Madrid before thrashing a second string PSG side 5-1.

They ended their preseason with a 2-0 win over Lazio so there is optimism in their camp.

The Gunners have also added some good players like Bernd Leno, Sokratis and Lucas Toreira to their side to help their defensive game, while the likes of Pierre Emerick Aubameyang who netted 10 times in just 13 games last season will be leading them from the front.

Manchester City come into this new season having broken almost all the English records last time out and Guardiola will be expecting his players to be ready to go even further this season.

City have had a summer of no departures so they can get some consistency, while the signing of Riyad Mahrez is surely going to help bolster an already impressive attacking lineup.

City won all but three of their away matches last season, so they will be looking to start on that note while Arsenal should be prepared to stop them.

Bookmakers favour Manchester City in this tie.

Results of each team’s last 5 matches across all leagues and competitions

Arsenal

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
W Arsenal 5-1 Paris Saint-Germain 28 Jul, 2018 International Champions Cup
L Atletico Madrid 1-1 Arsenal 26 Jul, 2018 International Champions Cup
W Boreham Wood 0-8 Arsenal 14 Jul, 2018 Friendly
W Huddersfield Town 0-1 Arsenal 13 May, 2018 English Premier League
L Leicester City 3-1 Arsenal 9 May, 2018 English Premier League

Manchester City

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
L Manchester City 1-2 Liverpool 26 Jul, 2018 International Champions Cup
L Manchester City 0-1 Borussia Dortmund 21 Jul, 2018 International Champions Cup
W Southampton 0-1 Manchester City 13 May, 2018 English Premier League
W Manchester City 3-1 Brighton & Hove Albion 9 May, 2018 English Premier League
D Manchester City 0-0 Huddersfield Town 6 May, 2018 English Premier League

H2H

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
Arsenal 0-3 Manchester City 1 Mar, 2018 English Premier League
Arsenal 0-3 Manchester City 25 Feb, 2018 English Carabao Cup
Manchester City 3-1 Arsenal 5 Nov, 2017 English Premier League
Arsenal 2-1 Manchester City 23 Apr, 2017 English FA Cup
Arsenal 2-2 Manchester City 2 Apr, 2017 English Premier League


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