The clash between Arsenal and Manchester City at Emirates Stadium this week is anticipated to play a crucial role in the Premier League title race this season. With both teams eyeing the top spot, this is a battle of giants.
After 7 matches, Manchester City currently sit at the top of the table, only one point ahead of Arsenal, who have remained unbeaten and occupy third place. Despite having the home advantage, Mikel Arteta’s team has been largely regarded as the underdog.
Arsenal and Manchester City are expected to have a tightly contested match, possibly resulting in a draw. Notably, Pep Guardiola’s side not only possesses a magnificent team but also has a superior record against Arsenal. In fact, the Gunners have failed to defeat Man City in the domestic league since December 2015, losing 16 out of their last 21 encounters.
Former footballer Berbatov commented, “This match is like any other. Clearly, the important thing is to achieve victory and overcome your opponent, especially before the international break.”
Both teams will enter the game with inconsistent form, but it doesn’t mean much to them as they know how well they can perform. They both play a similar style, utilizing spaces, launching continuous attacks, and capitalizing on the opponents’ mistakes. Moreover, Mikel Arteta, Pep Guardiola’s protégé, adds an intriguing dynamic to the encounter.
Berbatov’s prediction: 2-2