With a spot in the final of this year’s FA Cup up for grabs on Saturday night, defending champions Manchester City will make the trip to an empty Emirates this weekend.
Eventually having to hang on to what was a flattering 2-1 victory against relegation scrappers Bournemouth in midweek, the Sky Blues have long since sacrificed their Premier League crown to Liverpool and have made the FA Cup one of their top priorities.
On the flip side, shocking many across England and coming from behind to grab a 2-1 win off of Jurgen Klopp’s newly-crowned champions on Wednesday night, Arsenal have really bounced back from their North London derby defeat.
While the Gunners might be smelling an upset against what was a fragile City display in midweek, Saturday’s hosts do hold a worrying record against the Sky Blues.
Hit with back-to-back 3-0 defeats in their last two meetings, Arsenal have lost each of their last seven straight contests against City across all competitions. You might be interested to know that a similar outcome for the defending FA Cup winners can be found priced at 4/11 with Paddy Power for this weekend.
Lacazette’s purple patch continues
While Arsenal might have been left heartbroken to gave seen Spurs come from behind and grab three points last weekend, the Gunners couldn’t have asked for a better response earlier in the week.
Cashing in on a string of costly mistakes from Liverpool and picking up a shock 2-1 victory at the Emirates, new boss Mikel Arteta has received plenty of plaudits for his immediate impact at Arsenal.
Winning five of their last seven matches across all competitions, Saturday’s hosts have already landed victories over the likes of Wolves and Sheffield United since returning from football’s enforced break.
While their still might remain plenty of confusion over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future in the capital, there is no doubt that Arteta will be glad to see Alexandre Lacazette enjoy a recent purple patch at the end of the season.
Once again finding the net against Liverpool earlier in the week, the French marksman have now bagged back-to-back strikes and has three goals in his last four Premier League appearances.
You might be interested to know that Lacazette can be found priced at 9/4 with Coral to extend on his tally this weekend.
Guardiola calling on a response
While on paper it might show that Manchester City managed to pick up a 2-1 win against relegation scrappers Bournemouth earlier in the week, it doesn’t tell the whole story.
Watching the Cherries create a string of clear cut chances at the Etihad on Wednesday evening and really unlucky to have left not with something to show, Pep Guardiola is calling on his side to find some real stability.
Although the now-former Premier League champions might be enjoying a three-match winning run, they have continued to show some worrying issues on the road this season.
With both John Stones and Nicolás Otamendi coming under real criticism for their displays in midweek, Saturday’s guests have lost three of their last five away matchups across all competitions, including a shock 1-0 loss at St. Mary’s earlier in the month.
Continuing to show some vulnerabilities at the back and failing to replace Vincent Kompany this year, you might be interested to know that City can be found priced at 4/6 with Ladbrokes to be breached once again this weekend.
Elsewhere, after settling for a place on the bench in midweek, midfield talisman Kevin De Bruyne will line-up in Guardiola’s midfield from the start in North London.