Can Arsenal overcome the City challenge??

Manchester City host Arsenal on Sunday at Etihad stadium with City still unbeaten in the league and Arsenal will be trying to improve on their recent form and give a competition to Guardiola’s side.

Pep Guardiola’s side have been in magnificent form so far this season, and they will be confident going into Sunday’s clash on the back of a 4-2 victory against Napoli in the Champions League.

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Pep Guardiola will be looking forward to beat Arsenal.

After 10 games, Pep Guardiola’s team is the only side to remain unbeaten and are perched on top of the league table. The high flying Citizens have so far been impeccable, winning nine and drawing one. To top that, they’ve scored 35 goals and conceded just six.

The last side to do so in the Premier League were their opponents this weekend, Arsenal in 2003/04, while the Gunners were also the last side to beat Pep Guardiola’s men, in the FA Cup semi-final in April.

Arsenal are tasked with bringing Manchester City sensational start to the season to an end when they travel to the Etihad on Sunday.

TEAM NEWS:

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Manchester City have no fresh injury concerns ahead of Sunday’s clash. Captain Vincent Kompany remains on the sidelines with a calf injury, but manager Guardiola hopes to have him back in training after the international break

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Kompany remains sidelined with a calf injury.

Left-back Benjamin Mendy is the only other senior absentee due to a long-term knee injury.

Predicted line-up: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Delph; De Bruyne, Fernandinho, David Silva; Sterling, Aguero, Sane.

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Arsenal will be hoping Sead Kolasinac overcomes a hip injury in time to feature at the Etihad. The Bosnia-Herzegovina international limped out of last weekend’s win over Swansea after scoring and laying on an assist, but Wenger expects him to be fit.

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However, Shkodran Mustafi (hamstring), Santi Cazorla (ankle), Calum Chambers (hip), Danny Welbeck and David Ospina (both groin) all remain sidelined.

Predicted line-up: Cech; Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal; Bellerin, Ramsey, Xhaka, Kolasinac; Sanchez, Ozil, Lacazette.

MATCH FACTS;

Manchester City have only won one of their last nine matches against Arsenal in all competitions (D4 L4), with that victory coming in this exact fixture last season.

Arsenal’s 2-0 victory at the Etihad in January 2015 remains the Gunners’ only away Premier League victory against the ‘big six’ since the start of the 2014/15 season (D7 L9).

Manchester City have won all nine of their Premier League games in which they’ve led this season, while Arsenal have won the most games (3) and points (9) from losing positions so far.

Manchester City are the third team in Premier League history to have won as many as 28 points from their first 10 games of the season. Chelsea (2005-06) and Manchester City (2011-12) also managed this, but had inferior GD to the current Manchester City effort. They both won the Premier League title at the end of those campaigns.

The Gunners have won just 17 of the 45 away points available to them in 2017, winning five, drawing two and losing eight of their 15 games on the road.

 

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Sergio Aguero has scored five goals in his last seven matches for Manchester City against Arsenal in all competitions.

 

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