Arsenal face second placed Manchester City this weekend and come in to the game off the back of a 3-0 victory over Stoke City. Arsene Wenger will now be looking to kick on and show they can challenge at the top of the league by beating Manchester City this Sunday.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has impressed in recent times, and according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index is the third best dribbler in the league. Oxlade-Chamberlain has completed 63 successful dribbles, just two behind second placed Raheem Sterling and 36 behind clear leader Eden Hazard.
‘The Ox’ has helped form one of the paciest attacking outlets this season, but the quickest among them is summer signing Alexis Sanchez. Sanchez has run at a top speed of 34.58km/h (21.49mph), and has put his pace to good use, chipping in with ten goals. He also sits just behind Oxlade-Chamberlain in terms of dribbles this season; recording 61 successful dribbles in the league. Sanchez is 13/2 to score first with 888sport.
Santi Cazorla has linked up with both Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sanchez in the Arsenal attack and the Spanish playmaker has set up plenty of chances for his teammates. Cazorla has put in thirteen successful crosses so far this season, which ranks as the thirteenth highest total in the Premier League, according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index.
City come in to this game off the back of a 1-1 draw against Everton that sees them now sit two points adrift of league leaders Chelsea. City will be hoping for a win to in order to try and build momentum as we head in to the business end of the season.
Jesus Navas has proven to be a tricky player to deal with this season, and is constantly running at the fullbacks, looking to get down the byline and deliver the ball in to the box. Navas has made 1106 sprints in total this season, which averages out at 55.3 per game, according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, and has set up six goals for his teammates.
The two City fullbacks have made the most successful tackles in the squad, with Zabaleta and Clichy winning 49 and 48 tackles respectively, ranking them both inside the top 20 tacklers in the league, according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. The next closest among the City squad is Martin Demichelis with 38.
With Yaya Toure at the African Cup of Nations, Frank Lampard is likely to have an increased role over the coming month, having been more of an impact sub up until now. Lampard has scored five Premier League goals this season, scoring from 45.5% of his shots on goal, according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. Lampard is 8/1 to score first with 888sport.
Manchester City vs Arsenal Match Facts:
- Manchester City have dropped four points – against Everton and Burnley – in their last three games (W1, D2).
- Their only home defeat in the league this season came in August against Stoke (W7, D2).
- However, they have conceded two goals in each of their last two matches at home – they haven’t shipped two or more goals in three consecutive home Premier League games since October 2002.
- Arsenal have lost just one of their last six league games (W4, D1).
- However, they have only won two of their six most recent away matches in the Premier League (D1, L3).
- At this stage last season, Arsenal were top of the league with 48 points. They are currently on 36 points.
Facts compiled from BBC
Manchester City vs Arsenal Possible Lineups:
Manchester City: Hart; Zabaleta, Demichelis, Kompany, Clichy; Fernando, Fernandinho; Navas, Silva, Milner; Aguero
Arsenal: Ospina; Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Flamini, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Rosicky, Cazorla, Sanchez; Giroud
Manchester City vs Arsenal Prediction:
A 2-1 win for the home side.
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