The Premier League action returns this week with another high-profile clash of the titans, as Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City take on Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal. Easily two of the most entertaining teams in English football, and also the biggest in all of Europe, the football fanatics from all over the world are in for a treat.
As fans of the beautiful game, we don’t really need reasons to watch two footballing powerhouses collide, but we have specified some anyway. Here are the 5 reasons to look forward to this big game:
1. Second Place Beckons
With Arsenal tied in 3rd place alongside 2nd placed Liverpool, and their weekend opponents City just one point behind in 4th, the winner of this match will jump straight into second place, temporarily at least, as Liverpool play the Merseyside Derby on Tuesday.
Either team would like to remain as close as possible to high flying Chelsea and capitalise on any slip up from the Blues, ensuring they do not do the same themselves.
2. Old Campaigner vs New Arrival
The managers of both clubs are at extreme ends of their Premier League careers, and such face offs is what we love about our favourite league. Guardiola and Wenger are both proven winners, but the extent of their managerial experience in England might come handy this weekend.
While Pep is in his debut season and has the highest expectations from his fans and board to win titles from the word go, Arsene Wenger on the other hand, is currently in his 21st year as an Arsenal manager, and knows every single thing about such pressure and how to cope and deliver according to it.
3. Current Form
While it might seem to appear that Arsenal are currently in impeccable form as City seem to struggle, that is not entirely the case.
Arsenal, who went unbeaten since the second game of the Premier League until surprisingly losing to Everton in midweek, have established themselves as genuine title contenders. Manchester City, however, have had a poor run of matches after winning their first 6 games on the spin, and failed to register a home league win for almost two months at until beating Watford 2-0 in midweek.
Despite all of this, only one point separates the two sides going into the weekend, and it is clearly anybody’s game to win.
4. Advantage With The Visitors
The away side might be in with an advantage heading to the Etihad, as Man city go into the weekend fixture without their main man Sergio Aguero and ever present midfielder Fernandinho.
Both players currently face bans after their off the ball incidents against Chelsea players, which were considered violent and improper according to the FA. Without these two, and a poor home form, City will definitely be on the back foot, and it is upto the Gunners to take full advantage of the situation.
5. A Beautiful Game of Football
Both managers are renowned tactical masters who love playing the game with possession and style as their teams’ trademarks. Both love to play the game with beautiful passing, slick moves, and allow freedom to players to perform at their highest potential levels. It is sure to be a game of high paced attacks, creative jaw dropping moments and silky smooth football.
It’s the battle of 3rd vs 4th, and the Big Boys are ready to bring the house down. Who will emerge victorious in this battle of wits, style and tactics is a keen affair we eagerly await.