Entering the enforced break with a 2-0 defeat in the Manchester derby at Old Trafford, the Sky Blues have long relinquished their top-flight crown to Liverpool and will undoubtedly have all their attention on European glory.
On the flip side, while on paper it might show that The Gunners had previously won five of their last six matches across all competitions before the interruption, it doesn’t quite tell the whole story.
Crashing out of the Europa League in the most dramatic of fashion against Olympiakos back in March, Pep Guardiola’s former right-hand man finds his side in a real uphill battle to secure another top-six finish.
On an unenviable return to action this week, it should also be noted that Wednesday’s guests hold a woeful record against the soon to be former champions.
Hit with a 3-0 drumming earlier in the year, City have won each of their last six meetings against the Gunners and a similar outcome in midweek can be found priced at 4/11 with Ladbrokes.
Attention elsewhere for City?
Watching Liverpool inch towards their first Premier League title and all but securing another top-four finish, Manchester City find themselves almost stuck in limbo.
Coming from behind to snatch what could be a crucial 2-1 win away at Real Madrid back in March, it is no surprise that Pep Guardiola’s men have their sights set on Champions League success.
Last seen back in March when watching United pick up Manchester bragging rights, the former Barcelona boss has spent large spells of the season hoping for his side to find some stability at the back.
Failing to replace former talisman and skipper Vincent Kompany, City had previously managed to land just a single clean sheet in their last four appearances and have already conceded eight more goals than they shipped in the whole of last season.
Also managing to land just a pair of clean sheets on home soil since October 26th, you might be interested to know that Wednesday’s hosts can be found priced at 1/2 with Paddy Power to have their defence breached in midweek.
Elsewhere, despite moving closer to a return after competing in a behind closed doors match last week, Leroy Sane won’t be risked on City’s return to action.
Aubameyang – Arsenal’s MVP
Although Arsenal may have come crashing out of the Europa League against Olympiakos in North London prior to the break, many have praised the immediate impact Mikel Arteta has had at the Emirates.
With an FA Cup quarter-final against Sheffield United on the horizon, the former Sky Blues coach will almost solely have his sights on guiding the Gunners to what would be a shock European finish.
Marking their return in midweek sat five points adrift of the top-six, there is no doubt that leading marksman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will have the most crucial role to play at the back end of the season.
While his future with the Gunners might still remain unclear, the Gabon international has enjoyed another stellar campaign at the Emirates and sits just two behind Jamie Vardy in the race for the Golden Boot.
With 17 Premier League goals this season and bagging three goals in as many top-flight appearances prior to the enforced break, you might be interested to know that Aubameyang can be found priced at 7/5 with Betfair to mark his return with a strike in midweek.