Prediction, Lineups & Key Gamers

Arsenal vs Manchester Metropolis preview 

By no means earlier than within the Premier League has it occurred that the highest two groups within the standings haven’t confronted one another till the tip of February. Nonetheless, such has been the circumstances that Arsenal and Manchester Metropolis, who occupy the highest two locations within the league, will play their first match. The 2 groups are at present separated by three factors (Metropolis having performed a sport extra), making the 2 matches between them pivotal for the title race. 

Arsenal are coming off a 1-1 draw that noticed them being the victims of one of many worst VAR selections. Nonetheless, their foremost focus will now be to get all three factors in opposition to Metropolis, giving them respiration area on the high of the desk. 

In the meantime, Manchester Metropolis have gotten again to profitable methods after their defeat to Tottenham. The defending champions defeated Aston Villa 3-1 to win the match, however even with a rampant Erling Haaland and Kevin de Bruyne, the workforce has regarded removed from good. 

Pep Guardiola has lamented the shortage of starvation in his present squad, and this is likely one of the the explanation why he was backed even after permitting Joao Cancelo, one in all their gamers within the final three seasons, to go away on mortgage to Bayern Munich.

Nonetheless, Metropolis know {that a} win in opposition to Arsenal will put them proper again within the title race. They already received a sport in opposition to the Gunners simply three weeks again after they received 1-0 within the FA Cup. 

However within the league, Arsenal have been a distinct aspect reducing defences aside with their fluid attacking play. And the workforce know they’ve the expertise at their disposal that, on their day, can simply rattle Metropolis’s defence which has been removed from good this season. 

In January, Pep Guardiola conceded the title race to Arsenal, however his tea might be proper again within the thick of it in the event that they handle to beat Arsenal of their yard. 

Arsenal vs Manchester Metropolis workforce information 

One of many vital absentees for the Gunners has been the spectacular Gabriel Jesus. The Brazilian made an unbelievable begin in his debut season for the membership scoring 5 targets and helping 5. Nonetheless, he has been sidelined with an harm, which is able to maintain him out for a number of weeks. Different main absentees are Mohamed Elneney, Emile Smith Rowe and Reiss Nelson. 

Mikel Arteta might begin the identical aspect which drew in opposition to Brentford, with the one query being who begins on the left wing between Gabriel Martinelli and new signing Leandro Trossard.

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Arsenal Predicted Line-up: Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Xhaka, Partey; Saka, Odegaard, Trossard ; Nketiah

In the meantime, Manchester Metropolis are lacking a number of gamers of their very own, amongst which essentially the most notable is Premier League high scorer Erling Haaland who’s unsure for the conflict after coming off at half-time in opposition to Villa. The opposite harm concern is centre-back, John Stones. 

Nonetheless, aside from that, Metropolis have a completely match squad to select from which shall be music to Guradiola’s ears.

Manchester Metropolis Predicted Line-up: Ederson; Lewis, Dias, Laporte, Ake; De Bruyne, Rodri, Gundogan; Mahrez, Haaland, Grealish

Key Gamers 

Arsenal’s unbelievable performances this yr have been constructed on mixed teamwork reasonably than particular person expertise. Nonetheless, if one had to decide on, Bukayo Saka is a robust contender for one of the best participant not solely on the workforce however throughout the Premier League. The 21-year-old has scored seven targets and supplied eight assists (essentially the most in Arsenal’s squad), which exhibits how necessary he has been for his workforce. And he might want to proceed these performances if Arsenal are to finish their long-time Premier League drought. 

For Manchester Metropolis, you possibly can’t omit a participant who scored 25 targets, seven greater than his nearest competitor. Erling Haaland has damaged scoring data left, proper and centre, and with 16 video games remaining, he solely has to attain eight targets to interrupt the all-time highest scoring document by a participant in a 38-game season. And Guardiola will want him to be match for the conflict, but when he fails to take action, he has an ready deputy in World Cup-winning quantity 9 Julian Alvarez.

Arsenal vs Manchester Metropolis predictions 

Arsenal and Manchester Metropolis are at present the 2 most in-form groups within the league. And it’s s conflict that may play a crucial half in figuring out the place the Premier Trophy lands come June. Which means not one of the two groups will take something lower than three factors. 

Nonetheless, whereas Arsenal’s foremost concern shall be to maintain their lead, Metropolis know the conflict might be make or break for them within the Premier League. And with the shape that they’re in, mixed with the house crowd help, Arsenal is perhaps too scorching for Manchester Metropolis to deal with.

FootTheBall predicts a 3-1 win for Arsenal.