EPL: MCFC vs AFC



The two former colleagues met again in the fifth round of the match when Mikel Arteta brought the Arsenal team to the Etihad Stadium to face Manchester City and former teacher Pep Guardiola. It's a very bad start for the home team, who are 5 points behind and 10 places behind their guests in the standings right now. 

Guardiola's side have seen 1 win, 1 draw and 1 defeat after 3 games this season as their worst start since 2010-11. Man City entered the weekend with 14th place on the standings and they knew that another defeat later this week would be another sooner slap in hopes of winning the championship. Man City will consider themselves relatively fortunate to have 1 point from their last debut before the international break when they had a 1-1 draw against Leeds United to be promoted. Their opening season win at Wolverhampton Wanderers could have played out in a different way if the home side also took advantage of their chances. Currently, Man City is in danger of having to go through three Premier League games without winning for the first time since April 2017, when by chance they drew 2-2 with Arsenal.

The Arsenal fans were excited from the moment it looked like Arteta would step out from Guardiola's wings and fly back to his home, and he certainly brought much of his countryman's thoughts and successes when he was from Etihad. to Emirates. Indeed, Arsenal look like Man City so far this season, and the Gunners know that Saturday's win will leave them 8 points ahead of their former champions. Since Arteta took over, Arsenal have beaten Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool, the team they overcame three times, including the EFL Cup victory at Anfield earlier this month. In fact, their away form overall is not that great - only 4 wins in their last 20 games spanning the opening day of last season. Arsenal are in a big question mark over their star after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pulled out of Gabon for a sprained ankle, though he is supposed to be healthy. Arteta is also hoping that Kieran Tierney will be present, despite being ordered to quarantine himself for two weeks since Tuesday following close contact with Scotland teammate Stuart Armstrong, who has already had the test results positive for COVID-19.  




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