Pep Guardiola will have his fitness experts working overtime on his squad as he prepares for Arsenal’s visit to the Etihad.
There could be no better time for the Gunners to visit Manchester City. Question marks surround the fitness of Kevin De Bruyne (more on him later), Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero, Bernado Silva and the continuing issues around Ilkay Gundogan.
Combine that list with the fact that City are looking for a first win in three matches and their guests are targeting a fourth victory from their opening five fixtures. It’s a recipe for a thrilling match you have to conclude.
Arsenal are a different team under Mikel Arteta, they continue to improve in all aspects and have scored more league points since the middle of June than any other side in the division.
The problem is that De Bruyne might very well play. His record is tremendous against the Gunners – he has give goals and two assists in his last 8 matches against them. City too have a dominant record over Arsenal with six wins in a row.
The other long-standing concern for Arsenal fans is that the club have not won away in 70 months against “top six” opposition. Yes, not since they won at City in 2015 have Arsenal beaten City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool or Tottenham. The record reads: zero wins, ten draws, 16 losses.
Guardiola’s injury concerns might be the Gunners way back into ending this horrible run of form.
The match kicks off at 6:30pm on Saturday.
Suggested bet: Over 2.5 goals at 1.4
Other matches on Saturday:
Chelsea vs Southampton – 4pm
Suggested bet: Chelsea to win 2-0 at 7.75
Newcastle vs Manchester United – 9pm
Suggested bet: Both teams to score at 1.75