Prediction: Arsenal will lose first place to Manchester City
The top derby of the English Premier League will be played on Wednesday night at the Emirates Stadium in North London.
Where home-grown Arsenal and Premier League leader host Manchester City.
The match is a postponed match from the 12th round.
The Citizens can go top of the table if they win this derby.
Therefore, I think this is a decisive match in the race for the championship title.
The Gunners set a ferocious pace for most of the season.
But recently they have begun to show clear signs that they are feeling the strain.
Arsenal are winless in their last 3 matches in all competitions, recording 0-1-2 in them.
As one of these losses was precisely against Man City, which also cost them elimination from the FA Cup.
The Sky Blues may not be at their best this season.
But they have experience from previous campaigns of performing well when it matters most.
And lately, Pep Guardiola's players have shown their teeth again.
As Manchester have won 3 of their last 4 matches in the Premier League. Scoring 3+ goals in each of those wins.
Given the fact that City have won the previous 10 meetings with Arsenal in the league, I trust them to win again today.
Arsenal were in doubt for the title after a loss and a draw
Arsenal looked set to end their 19-year title drought.
Because he achieved 16 wins and 3 draws from his first 19 league games.
But the team has faltered in the past two weeks.
First, the Gunners were beaten 1-0 by survivalist Everton at Goodison Park.
And then they only drew 1-1 against Brentford at home.
There was some controversy over the equalizer in this match, by Ivan Toney.
The Bees, however, definitely deserved to get something out of the game in which Tawney hit the post early on.
Mikel Arteta was left fuming at the VAR error. But admitted Brentford made it difficult for his team.
“I think it was a really strong performance, we had moments. But this is a very difficult team to play against.
They showed that, so kudos to them too.
Because the results they achieved against the best teams are simply not a fluke."
The feeling is that Arsenal's squad lacks strength in depth .
Manchester City showed character after the loss and the accusations
Manchester City produced the perfect response to a worrying week in which they lost 1-0 at Tottenham .
And then they were accused of violating the rules of financial fair play .
The Sky Blues produced one of their best halves of the season in a 3-1 win against Aston Villa .
Rodry, Ilkay Gundogan and Riyad Mahrez from the penalty spot gave them full control at the break.
Ollie Watkins pulled one back for Villa in the 61st minute, but the damage was already done.
Referring to the Federation's allegations, Guardiola said:
“It happened this week and next week it will be forgotten. Everyone will do their job in the club.
Our job was to prepare and win the games on the pitch. And today was a good example of that."
With this win and Arsenal's misstep, the Citizens moved to just 3 points behind the Gunners .
Erling Haaland was taken off at half-time against Aston Villa due to injury doubts.
But Manchester City have plenty of other attacking options if the striker is unavailable for today's game.
Squads and injured footballers
Lineup: Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Jacka, Party; Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli; Nketia
Injured: Jesus, Elneny, Rowe, Nelson
Lineup: Ederson; Luis, Diaz, Laporte, Ake; De Bruyne, Rodry, Gundogan; Mahrez, Haaland, Grealish
Injured: Stones, Haaland (questionable)
Matches and winning odds
|Man City 1:0 Arsenal
|Arsenal 1:2 Man City
|Man City 5:0 Arsenal
|Arsenal 0:1 Man City
|Arsenal 1:4 Man City
|Man City 1:0 Arsenal