- Manchester City are in pursuit of a 18th straight win when they make their Sunday tea time visit to Arsenal.
While Pep Guardiola plays down talk of the title already being in the bag, most of the rest of us mere mortals are now resigned to them reclaiming their crown from a plummeting Liverpool, who themselves take on Everton this evening.
Following City’s midweek win, also against Everton, they are now 10 points clear and counting.
Arsenal have dropped 18 points at home already this season
It would take more than a few spanners being chucked into the works to stop the Citizens now and Sunday’s hosts, despite being known as the Gunners, don’t currently possess so much as a screwdriver.
For one thing, Arsenal have been poor at home. Very poor indeed.
Their 18 lost points at The Emirates so far this season is more than in all but four of their last 23 campaigns.
To be fair to Mikel Arteta, this is a young Gunners side, and they are very much a team in transition, but City are currently flying and I just can’t see a shock result being anywhere near the cards here.
Guardiola’s City could make it 18 wins in a row
Arteta did at least manage to name an unchanged team last time out, the first time since taking the Arsenal job, which may turn out to be a sign that he is finally starting to settle on a regular XI.
Timely too as his former mentor Pep Guardiola rolls into town. Or, too a little too late.
Manchester City looks utterly unstoppable right now and Arsenal, while always posing a threat thanks to some of the best attackers in the game, are still way too likely to let in a sloppy goal or three, although I will settle on just the two.
Where: Emirates Stadium
When: Sunday 21/02/2021 @ 16:30
Watch: Sky Sports
Arsenal Team News
Arsenal are hopeful of having Ghana midfielder Thomas Partey available again following his recovery from a thigh injury and might even be able to call on Scotland’s Kieran Tierney too after the youngster came off the bench in midweek’s disappointing draw against Benfica.
Manchester City Team News
Player of the year shout Ilkay Gundogan should survive a last minute fitness test after he limped off last time out and missed the 3-1 midweek win at Everton with a groin injury. The midfielder was involved in some of Friday’s training session according to the boss.
Kevin De Bruyne made his return from injury in that match and is likely to make his return to the starting line-up.
City could even welcome back long term absentee Sergio Aguero as Guardiola confirmed that, with the exception of defender Nathan Ake, every member of his squad is now fit(ish).