Arsenal vs Manchester City – Premier League: Maybe it is exaggerated to look,
today, into Arsenal, as a team that belongs in the elite of English football.
Understanding the difference that Manchester City has to its competition, but also the distance there is between the Gunners and the teams that are fighting for a spot in the Champions League.
Such as Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham or Chelsea, the truth is that Arsène Wenger’s team has dropped a level in terms of competitiveness.
That situation was even clearer past Sunday, when they reached the Carabao Cup’s semi-final, and Arsenal was completely dominated by Manchester City. The difference was so visible that it almost looked like an encounter between two teams from different divisions.
The impact of that exhibition should still affect Arsenal’s locker room, in a week where they will meet again the opponent that has eliminated them from the Carabao Cup, now on a Premier League match.
The only difference is that Arsenal will now play at home, at the Emirates. But all the data points towards Manchester City being the more well-prepared team to win this match.
By the quality of their roster, the depth of options and the ability to adapt to the challenges that they have been facing.
The Gunners hope to maintain their position in the Premier League, having now the Europa League as a possible entry-point to the Champions League. But even there, it won’t be easy.
Arsenal vs Manchester City – Betting Tip and Prediction:
Pep Guardiola expects to get another victory in the Premier League, getting another 3 points and increasing the advantage they have over their pursuers, managing, on his 2nd season in England, to show some development on his model, adapting to the situation, and the ability to try and make the Citizens a relevant team on the European context as well.
Facing Arsenal again is only another opportunity to develop their qualities. Much more relaxed than their opponents, they should make that clear inside the pitch.