Arsenal Review & Match Preview

Photo Credit: Stuart MacFarlane

Photo Credit: Stuart MacFarlane

Article I wrote 12/15 about the Arsenal v. Manchester City Matchup that was never picked up

BY: Jason

Premier League Match Preview: Arsenal vs Manchester City 

Aiming to rebound after a very chaotic and frustrating loss against Everton last Tuesday. Arsenal will be looking for its strikers to find the net more this Saturday against Manchester City. The game will take place at the City of Manchester Stadium at 4pm local time, and tickets are currently sold out.

Head to Head Matchups:

Historically, Arsenal has seen a lot of success over Man City in the Premier League. With over 87 wins and 41 draws compared to Man City's 41 wins and draws, Arsenal has consistently demonstrated that it is a top four club vs. the second team in Manchester. More recent matches have also favored Arsenal, with the London club winning or drawing the last six head to head games. 

The most recent matchup between the two Premier League giants saw Arsenal find a way to win after trailing by two goals. While the Gunners came away with three points, they came at the cost of a late-match injury to central defender Gabriel. 

If the head to head matchups aren't enough of a prediction, various odd experts also agree with the same sentiment; Skybet has Arsenal winning at 23/10 compared to just 11/10 for Man City and 13/5 for a draw. While Arsenal has been very successful in the past, it is important to note that anything is possible in Premier League, especially after Leicester's Cinderella story.

Injury Report

Manchester City:
As with most teams in the Premier League, both Arsenal and Manchester City will be without a fully healthy squad. Man City’s German midfielder İlkay Gündoğan is out indefinitely after experiencing a critical ligament tear in Wednesday's match against Watford. Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho will not play due to a suspension they received after a quarrel with Chelsea defender David Luiz in stoppage time.

Arsenal:
Arsenal will be without renowned striker Danny Welbeck, who is still in rehab after suffering a critical knee injury in May. Also out of commission for Arsenal is midfielder Aaron Ramsey and defender Shkodran Mustafi who are both recovering from injuries. Arsenal's defense will take the biggest hit from these lesions. Shkodran Mustafi is the best defensive player on the team and missing him could allow Man City to apply pressure at will. 

Other Storylines

Arsenal is entering the game coming off of a very frustrating defeat at the hands of Everton. With the score tied at halftime, both teams struggled to finish opportunities. Physical play ensued with Everton's Laurent Koscielny receiving a yellow card. 

The real battle was found in Arsenals strikers who only recorded two shots in the second half of the game when chaos ensued. It is best to watch the event fold down itself, but Ashley Williams scored with a well-placed header four minutes before the match was over.