A place in the EFL Cup’s semi-finals is up for grabs on Tuesday night as out of form Arsenal welcome holders Manchester City to the Emirates Stadium. The match kickoff is at 11 pm.
The student faces the teacher again as under fire Mikel Arteta looks to ease pressure from fans with a victory against former boss Pep Guardiola.
Tuesday will mark one year and two days’ anniversary since Mikel Arteta took over Arsenal after replacing interim manager Freddie Ljungberg. A defeat this Tuesday will pile up pressure for the manager with zero management experience.
A 2-1 loss to Everton spelled doom for Arteta as their EPL form dipped with only 14 points from their last 13 league matches. The side has only one win in their last seven Premier League matches with one draw and five losses so far.
The board recently came out in the open defense of Mikel Arteta, who is set to receiving major backing from the board this January window. Creativity and clinical finishes have been major ails for the Gunners this season.
Guardiola’s men enter the match unbeaten in their last eight matches across all competitions. This season’s most impressive aspect of their form has been their defensive proficiency with seven clean sheets and only one goal conceded.
Arsenal vs. Manchester City Head to Head
Both sides have 37 games against each other, with Arsenal taking home12 wins while Man City with 18 wins. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
Everton 2-1 Arsenal
Arsenal 1-1 Southampton
Arsenal 0-1 Burnley
Dundalk 2-4 Arsenal
Tottenham 2-0 Arsenal
Southampton 0-1 Man City
Man City 1-1 West Brom
Man City 0-0 Man United
City 3-0 Marseille
Man City 2-0 Fulham
Arsenal Team News
A major blow for Arteta heading into the clash is the absence of captain Aubemayang who suffered a tight calf and will miss Tuesday’s clash. However, Gabrielle Martinelli will provide a burst of energy that the side needs. The right-back position is full of options, with Soares, Bellerin, and Maitland-Niles pushing for a call.
Man City Team News
Gabriel Jesus could miss out due to a condition in his teeth. Other injury doubts ahead of the clash are defenders Eric Garcia and Laporte. Raheem Sterling will be pushing for a recall with two goals from his last two appearances.
Prediction and Odds
It is difficult for Arsenal to make it from their current situation against an in-form side with eight matches unbeaten.
Man City Win
Correct Score: 0-2
Goals Under 2.5