Arsenal’s top four hopes are fading fast. They’re seven points off fourth with a difficult upcoming schedule. They’ll need to win a lot of unexpected points to get back into that race. This is an excellent time to start. Manchester City have wobbled a bit, dropping five points in their last three league matches. City have the talent advantage, but Arsenal will need to make a stand and get a surprise win.
Manchester City need to find their feet immediately to stay in the title race. 14 points behind Liverpool may be too many to catch up already. If they keep dropping points, they’ll be out of the race by the new year. They need to win this game, no ifs, ands or buts about it.
The Gunners will be without Kieran Tierney, Dani Ceballos and Granit Xhaka, while Hector Bellerin, Nicolas Pepe and Rob Holding will have late fitness tests, according to PremierInjuries.com.
City have their own injury concerns. They’ll be missing Sergio Aguero, John Stones, Leroy Sane and Aymeric Laporte. David Silva will have a late fitness test and it looks like Ederson will be fit, according to PremierInjuries.com.
Arsenal: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Aubameyang has scored or assisted on half of Arsenal’s Premier League goals. He is the reason Arsenal aren’t in the relegation conversation. The Gabon striker has proven that he is one of the best goalscorers in the world and clearly the best player on his team. The Gunners will need him to score to win this match.
Manchester City: Raheem Sterling
Arsenal are a very poor defensive team and they’re without their top fullbacks right now. Sterling should be licking his lips looking at this match up. He’ll be able to get into some wonderful positions against this Arsenal defence, it will be up to him to finish those opportunities.
Manchester City should breeze through this match. Arsenal have serious injury issues and lack the talent to keep up with them.
Prediction: 3-1 Manchester City