Premier League title contenders Arsenal will lock horns with Manchester City in a blockbuster clash at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.
The Gunners suffered a highly disappointing 1-1 draw against Brentford in their most recent league encounter.
The home side broke the deadlock in the 66th-minute through Leandro Trossard. But Ivan Toney scored the equaliser and the goal was allowed to stand despite one of their players in an offside position.
The latest draw means the North Londoners’ lead at the top has been reduced to only three points.
Manchester City, on the other hand, registered a brilliant 3-1 home victory over Aston Villa on Sunday.
The Citizens found themselves ahead within the first four minutes of the game through a powerful header from Rodri.
Ilkay Gundogan and Riyad Mahrez also earned their names on the scoresheet as they picked up their 15th top-flight success this season.
Manchester City fixtures show Pep Guardiola’s men face a hectic February as they will also come up against Nottingham Forest, RB Leipzig, Bournemouth and Bristol City this month.
The Gunners are aiming to win their first Premier League title for nearly two decades. They have been at the top of the league standings since November.
However, their once eight-point lead has now been reduced to just three following their recent disappointing results. Mikel Arteta’s side travelled to Everton but were shocked by the Toffees who sealed a 1-0 victory. The North Londoners were expecting to bounce back against Brentford at the weekend but were forced to settle for a point after playing out a 1-1 draw.
City fell to a 1-0 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur earlier this month, with Harry Kane scoring the decisive goal. However, Pep Guardiola’s men made a huge comeback last weekend as they thrashed Aston Villa 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium.
Now they have a brilliant opportunity to claim the top Premier League spot by defeating Arsenal on Wednesday. The Citizens’ recent head-to-head record suggests they shouldn’t have any problems in the away fixture as they have won their previous six meetings with the Gunners in all competitions.
Arsenal vs Manchester City Potential line-ups
Arsenal: Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Xhaka, Partey; Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli; Nketiah
Manchester City: Ederson; Lewis, Dias, Laporte, Ake; De Bruyne, Rodri, Gundogan; Mahrez, Haaland, Grealish
Arsenal vs Manchester City Prediction
The Premier League title race could swing massively in favour of the Gunners should they triumph on Wednesday. Gabriel Jesus has stepped up his recovery but the striker is still a few weeks away from regaining his full fitness in top Arsenal news.
The Londoners’ recent struggles don’t suggest they could outclass the reigning champions at the Emirates Stadium. We don’t expect the upcoming game to be a completely one-sided affair but Manchester City should win in the end.
Arsenal 1-2 Manchester City
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