City hope Gunners will pay the penalty
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With nine penalties between them this season and seven of them successful, there is a good chance either or both of Manchester City or Arsenal will be put on the spot again on Sunday and will once more find the target.
Indeed, four of the five spotkicks handed out to City this season have occurred at the Etihad Stadium, while two of the four that the Gunners have been awarded have been away from home.
The Africa Cup of Nations has presented City manager Manuel Pellegrini with the particular problem of who should take the Premier League champions’ penalties in the absence of Yaya Toure, as the Ivory Coast midfielder has scored two of his seven goals from the penalty spot.
However, in Argentina striker Sergio Aguero and former England midfielder Frank Lampard, they have two players who have been prolific penalty-takers in their club and international careers, so there should be no worries on that score for City fans.
Backing second-placed City to convert a penalty at home against Arsenal at 5/1 would bring a nice return and boost their bid to catch Chelsea at the top of the table, after they fell two points behind the leaders following their 1-1 draw at Everton last time out.
Meanwhile, Arsenal’s 3-0 home win over Stoke took them back into the top five and relieved some of the pressure on manager Arsene Wenger after the Gunners’ 2-0 loss at Southampton on New Year’s Day.
Santi Cazorla is Arsenal’s best bet for a goal from the penalty spot, having scored all three of the Gunners’ successful spotkicks in the Premier League this season.
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