Mikel Arteta was Pep Guardiola’s assistant, but the former Arsenal player took over as the “Gunners” manager last season. So far, he hasn’t been able to beat his former boss. He’s going to have a new opportunity next Sunday, but keep in mind that Manchester City haven’t lost in their last 23 games (all competitions).
Let’s take a look at the latest team and player news, stats, injury reports. Now, let’s look at the soccer odds for Arsenal vs Manchester City while making some predictions.
Game: Arsenal vs Manchester City
Location: Emirates Stadium, London
Time: Sunday, February 21, 11:30am ET
Television: beIN Sports
Live Stream: fuboTV
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Head to Head
- Competitive Matches: 202
- Arsenal Victories: 98 (320 goals)
- Manchester City Victories: 59 (246 goals)
- Draws: 45
Manchester City already beat Arsenal twice this year. First, 1-0 (Premier League) with a goal from Raheem Sterling, and later 4-1 (League Cup) with goals from Gabriel Jesus, Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden and Aymeric Laporte.
Last season, Arsenal lost both English Premier League games against the “Citizens” (both 3-0), but Arteta wasn’t the manager when they met the first time.
The “Gunners” have 10 games without beating Manchester City. They have lost their last five matchups against the current English Premier League first place; scoring just one goal, while allowing 12.
Moneyline: Arsenal +490 | Manchester City -180
Why Bet on Arsenal?
Arsenal got off to a rocky start, but they have improved to climb into the English Premier League top 10. Right now, Arsenal have a 10-4-10 record, good enough for tenth place with 34 points, 19 less than first place.
Recently, the “Gunners” beat Leeds United 4-2 and drew 0-0 against Manchester United (second place), but they also lost to Aston Villa (1-0) and Wolverhampton (2-1).
Arsenal have scored 31 goals (worst among the top 10), but curiously enough, they don’t have the worst defensive unit among the top 10. The “Gunners” have allowed 25 goals in 24 games, less than Manchester United, Leicester City, West Ham United, Liverpool and Everton.
Offensively, Arsenal’s suffering due to lack of consistency. We know that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette are very good strikers, but neither is among the English Premier League top scorers; both have scored eight goals, good enough to lead the team scoring chart.
Regarding the other English Premier League “Big Six” members, Arsenal beat Manchester United 1-0 and Chelsea 3-1, but they lost against Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham.
At home, Arsenal have a 5-3-4 record. They also have a 4-6-2 (against the spread) and 5-5-2 (over/under) records when playing at Emirates Stadium.
The “Gunners” played Benfica last Thursday for the Europa League, that’s one day less of rest compared to Manchester City, who played against Everton (Premier League) last Wednesday.
Why Bet on Manchester City?
The “Citizens” are unstoppable. Manchester City have won their last 12 English Premier League games in a row; more recently, they beat Liverpool (4-1), Tottenham (3-0) and Everton (3-1), all three among the top nine.
Manchester City have a 17-5-2 record and 10 points more than second place (Manchester United). But that’s not all, they have scored 49 goals (second best in the league), and they own the best defensive unit after allowing just 15 goals in 24 games.
Surprisingly enough, Ilkay Gundogan is the team’s top scorer with 11 goals; he’s followed by Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden with eight and six goals. Kevin De Bruyne remains as the assist’s leader with 10.
Manchester City will return to the Champions League action next Wednesday, which is why Pep Guardiola could implement some lineup changes.
So far, Manchester City have an 8-3-1 record when playing on the road. They also have a 5-5-2 (against the spread) and 5-7 (over/under) records when playing away from Etihad Stadium.
Discarded Players and Projected Line-ups
Both teams have questionable players due to injury. Arsenal could be without Thomas Partey and Kieran Tierney, while Manchester City could be without Ilkay Gundogan and Nathan Ake.
Arsenal’s expected lineup is Bernd Leno, Hector Bellerin, David Luiz, Gabriel, Cedric Soares, Granit Xhaka, Dani Ceballos, Martin Odegaard, William, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.
Manchester City’s expected lineup is Ederson Moraes, John Stones, Aymeric Laporte, Joao Cancelo, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Rodrigo, Ilkay Gundogan, Bernardo Silva, Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden and Ferran Torres.
Pick: Manchester City to win
Three of the last four games (English Premier League) between Arsenal and Manchester City went over 2 ½ goals (thanks to the “Citizens”). Arsenal haven’t scored in their last three games against Manchester City, but City have scored at least two goals in four of their last five matchups against the “Gunners”.
You can expect some fireworks here as both managers have an offensive mindset. Arsenal and Manchester City haven’t drawn since the 2016-17 season (2-2).
Manchester City haven’t failed to score in their last 10 games against Arsenal (Arsenal failed to score five times).
Pick: Over 2 ½ goals
Final Score Prediction: Arsenal 1 – Manchester City 3
Arsenal vs Manchester City Props
At BetUS you can also predict the correct score and the half time-full time winners. Be sure to check all the soccer props for this game. As we already mentioned, Arsenal haven’t beat Manchester City since the 2015-16 season (10 games). In eight of their those 10 games, someone was winning at half time. The last time they were tied at half time was also in the 2015-16 season.
Here’s a quick rundown of Arsenal vs Manchester City latest results (English Premier League):
- Manchester City 1 – Arsenal 0 (1-0 at half time)
- Manchester City 3 – Arsenal 0 (1-0 at half time)
- Arsenal 0 – Manchester City 3 (0-3 at half time)
- Manchester City 3 – Arsenal 1 (2-1 at half time)
- Arsenal 0 – Manchester City 2 (0-1 at half time)
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