Arsenal vs Manchester City : Pace of Champions

Chelsea down by Bournemouth, plus Mou got sacked. Liverpool got it tie, Manchester United lost against Norwich, the Philosopher got booed and odds for him to go is high.  The past big four is no more, what left is everyone in EPL have a chance to win everything. Who thought Leicester would be on the pole right now?

Arsene said the title race is very exciting this season, many of results from the matches are  unpredictable. A lots of underdogs, every club in EPL has bought and developed class player that makes the odds even. And after 16 match in EPL, there is so much club in which had keepin the pace for EPL title.

This week Leicester win against Everton last night, there is no chance for Arsenal to put their name on the top. Manchester City are mean to come back on their track of winning. But it doesn’t mean the match isn’t so much important. Points has been critical whenever the title race is evenly same and close altogether.

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Giroud and Zabaleta, 2015

Here is the assesment for Arsenal vs Manchester City for starting line ups, tactics, and prediction for the match.

Manager and line ups


After almost a week Arsenal last match againat Asron Villa, Arsene told media that everyone who available last week is all the same for Manchester City, no injured news and no good news for player who come back from injury. Sanchez is ready but i believe better no risk it.

Giroud and Walcott will be upfront like what happens in Aston Villa. Both of them are in form for Arsenal. Giroud scoring 11 from 13 games, Walcott wanted to proving back again after loss in injury. Campbell is the better option for right wing reminds of his work rate than Ox.

Midfield would be fill up by Ozil, Ramsey and Flamini again, no change. Ozil said Arsenal are converting his pass right now which is good for his play. Ramsey are unbeliveable dynamo box to box player. Both of them are key of this match to win against City. What is it in the back four would be Bellerin, Koscielny, Per and Monreal. Cech still on between the post.

Prediction Line :

Starting : Petr Cech, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Flamini, Ramsey, Ozil, Walcott, Campbell, Giroud.

Subs : Ospina, Debuchy, Gabriel, Gibbs, Chambers, Oxlade Chamberlain, Alexis.

Manchester City

Manuel Pellegrini must been thinking hard for Manchester City getting past Arsenal to keeping up with Leicester and save their position to 2nd. After succesful in UCL group qualification, Pellegrini would like to put his fresh player while Belgium defender Kompany injured.

Joe hart still on between post to put Willy on the bench. He praise Eliqium Mangala on central back and Nicolas Otamendi performance in recent weeks. Fernandinho and in form Yaya Toure are excellent addition, Kevin de Bruyne in middle, Raheem has filling headlines to put Arsenal outside.

David Silva needs to improve his playing right now, Sergio Aguero who came back would be threat but the risk for getting injured early is still there.

Prediction line :

Starting : Joe Hart, Sagna, Otamendi, Mangala, Clichy, Yaya, Fernandinho, Kevin de Bruyne, Silva, Jesus, Raheem Sterling.

Subs : Willy, Kolarov, Fernando, Delph, ,Bony ,Kelechi, Aguero.

Tactics of The Team


Arsene would like dominate the possesion as Wenger stated if he put Olivier Giroud upfront you are meant to keep the ball. Reminds that City are having a lot talented class midfielder and big central defender so it would be hard fights in opposition area.

Ramsey box to box would dominate midfield, Ozil task is looking Giroud, Campbell and giving Bellerin and Walcott pass through. Flamini might be the weak area but if he keep playing safe it would good for the day. Arsenal passion is higher to win the task tonight.

Manchester City

Pellegrini is having Aguero back and it is tempting to playing fast and attacking option. Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva are crazy to put pressure against Flamini and back four of Arsenal defence. Fernandinho and Yaya Toure are hoping to stop Ozil like he just came first time to Premier League.

But the key is Raheem Sterling in form for City. Manchester City attack are always strong after Aguero being sidelined thats thanks because of Sterling. Raheem are exceptional player  and capable to fight Koscielny and banished Per Mertesacker but its all based on Pellegrini tactics.

Prediction Result

The last time this giant meeting are in January 2015 which Arsenal win 2-0 as Giroud and Cazorla on target in Etihad. But different time and players make it exciting, now based on assesment it would be fair to see what is the result.

Arsenal are winning this as Alan Smith said in Sky Sport. I agreed. Arsenal are in their track and beat Manchester City is the fundamental for that.

Arsenal 2-1 Manchester City

Author is Indonesian Journo and started writing after being Sports viewer almost 2 decades.

Anzala Ryanto. @anzalariveris


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