Last weekend, Arsene Wenger’s 1000th game in charge of Arsenal ended in shambolic fashion after his team were comprehensively cut and shred apart by a rampant Chelsea by six unreplied goals. Wenger’s 1001st game on Tuesday didn’t go according to plan either. They trailed Swansea early on but 2 goals inside a minute and the Gunners were in front, but just as we have seen time and time again in recent seasons, the Gunners contrived to snatch a draw from the jaws of victory as Mathieu Flamini scored a freakish own goal at the last minute to see the game end 2-2. When it rains, it pours for Arsenal.
- Today at the Emirates, Arsenal take on fellow title contenders Manchester City ( Yeah mathematically, Arsenal are still in the title race). A sad recurring team for Arsenal this season has been their poor performances against their title rivals. In 3 away games against City, Chelsea and Liverpool, they have conceded 17 goals scoring just 4. A wretched goal difference of -13 is a sorry tale. Against Chelsea last weekend, they conceded 3 inside the first 17 minutes. Against Liverpool they conceded 3 inside the first 20 minutes. Arsenal were top of the league in January, but a poor run of form that has seen them take just 8 points from the last 7 games has seen them slip to 4th. Today’s game is basically a must win for the Arsenal. Anything apart from a win, and their fading hopes for the Premier League title will evaporate further.
- . Manchester City are in a bit of a roll as they seek out their second title in 3 seasons. 4 successive victories has seen the blues just 3 points behind leaders Chelsea having played 2 games less. On Tuesday, they outplayed neighbours Manchester United in a one sided affair at Old Trafford scoring inside the first 42 seconds. A similar start and Arsenal could be in real trouble. In the corresponding fixture last season, James Milner and Edin Dzeko scored within 12 minutes of each other after Arsenal had been reduced to 10 men to give City a deserved 2 nil victory. A similar result today wouldn’t surprise many pundits.
- Stat of the game: City have gone five league games without conceding a goal – for the first time since 1915 in the top flight – and a total of 508 minutes, or eight hours and 28 minutes. A sixth would represent a club record. Prediction: Arsenal look low on confidence, City are flying and the win and performance against Man Utd was a huge statement of intent. Arsenal would seek to attack which will play into City’s hands with Yaya Toure, David Silva and Samir Nasri finding pockets of space to exploit and do damage. I see a high scoring game ending with a 4-2 victory to Manchester City. Footynyx.