Our prediction for this Premier League match:
Manchester City will be looking to melt Arsenal’s advantage to only two points in the table when they take on Arsenal in the Premier League derby. The Citizens look unstoppable at the moment, with the team eyeing their seventh consecutive league win, and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play. The opposition defenders should have Riyad Mahrez at bay as the Algeria international scored a hat-trick in the FA Cup triumph over Sheffield United, as well as Norway superstar Erling Haaland, who has netted 32 goals so far this term.
The Gunners, on the other hand, came from two goals behind to share the spoils with Southampton, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry against Pep Guardiola’s troops, who have found their best form. All Saliba, Tomiyasu, and Elneny remain in the recovery room, while Granit Xhaka should recover in time to face the Gunners.
Highlighted Player (Ilkay Gundogan):
Ilkay Gundogan is a German footballer of Turkish origin who made a name for himself playing for Borussia Dortmund. The skilful midfielder began his professional career at VFL Bochum, but it was at Nurnberg that he was given the opportunity to prove his undoubted potential. He needed just two years to make Germany’s top clubs stand up and take notice and the Millionaires secured his signature for mere €4 million.
That would prove to be a great investment as Gundogan quickly slotted straight into the starting line-up and became a playmaker in the side led by Jurgen Klopp and later Thomas Tuchel. The midfield maestro kept being linked with clubs like Manchester United, Barcelona and Arsenal, but he resisted temptation to leave Borussia Dortmund, winning one Bundesliga trophy with the club and making it to the Champions League final.
Gundogan unfortunately missed the 2014 World Cup finals through injury, but there is still time for the BVB star to make things right and lift a major international trophy with Germany.
Highlighted Team (Arsenal):
Arsenal are regarded as one of the best English teams. The Gunners have won 12 FA Cup trophies, 13 league titles and two League Cups, but they have yet to lift the Champions League trophy. Arsene Wenger’s team were on the verge of beating Barcelona in the Champions League final back in 2006, but they eventually failed to win the prestigious title.
Arsenal used to play their homes at Highbury, but in 2006 they moved to the Emirates Stadium. The capacity of the stadium is 60,260. The Gunners won their last Premier League trophy back in 2004, with the capital club going through the season without a single loss. The likes of Thierry Henry, Denis Bergkamp and Robert Pires were part of the team back then, but Arsenal have not won the league trophy ever since.
Arsenal was founded by Woolwich munitions workers as Dial Square back in 1886. It is well known that Tottenham Hotspur are Arsenal’s fiercest rivals and there have always been fireworks when the two local rivals meet in the North London derby.