Just a few years ago, this match would have been nothing less than a duel of giants. Manchester City still is a giant, though it’s aura of invincibility has faded. Arsenal on the other hand has fallen and has fallen deep. Firing the manager did not spark the team as many had hoped. Arsenal is a team without a shred of confidence, having its worst streak since 1977 with one win in ten games. Interim-manager Fredrik Ljungberg said after a 1-2 loss against Brighton & Hove Albion that his team was completely lost: ‘In the first half half they were all afraid to receive the ball and no one dared to move. Everyone froze.’
Against West Ham Arsenal again started poorly, but they turned things around in the second half. Winning 1-3. Could this be the beginning of a turn? If it is, winning against Manchester City will definitely give a confidence boost that will last until the end of the season.
Arsenal is desperate for a win streak to regain some faith in themselves. Enter Manchester City. A team that, despite not having their best form, has won more than almost any other team in PL history.
Pep Guardiola’s team was considered the best in the world just a few months ago by many. Recently they have even lost the status of being the best in the city by losing to United. What happened? Guardiola admits his team isn’t at the level it should be to compete with the best in the world. Opponents adapt, football moves forward and for Manchester City to become the all winning team again, they have to move forward. Being exceptionally good simply isn’t good enough anymore. As crazy as that may sound.
A crucial duel
This duel could go as many expect with Manchester City winning this. If, on the other hand, Arsenal manages to win this, this will have large effects on the rest of the season. The title will definitely be out of sight for City and the Gunners will rise from the grave to attack the top five. A difficult match to bet on, but a great match to watch!