There is ought to be an undoubted aura of antagonism clouding the Emirates this Sunday, October 8. The top 2 from the previous campaign seek to triumph in yet another top of the table clash.
Both sides will have key players sidelined, with Bukayo Saka out due to a hamstring injury as-well as Rodri being suspended and Kevin De Bruyne who is also nurturing a hamstring injury. Despite these woes, Arsenal will be full of confidence, being unbeaten in the league this season (W5,D2). Manchester City are on the back of a 2-1 defeat to Wolves at the weekend, which may give Arsenal another opportunity to hit them while they’re down.
In his pre match conference, manager Mikel Arteta was question about Arsenal’s best unbeaten start for 16 years “you have to be at your best every single match”. He went on to denote the Champions League too, and that you must be consistent “every 3 days”, and that’s the standard to keep up at this level.
City boss Pep Guardiola spoke high praise of Arsenal “They have a clear pattern and a really good team”. He followed with the struggles of coping without Rodri, and how they will “have to adapt”. The boss believes he is “one of the two/three best holding midfielders in the world”, so by no means will beating arsenal without him be an easy feat.
If Arsenal win by 2 or more goals, they will go into the international break at the summit of the Premier League table, and Man City will drop to 3rd.