Arsenal vs Manchester City EPL Match Preview and Stats: Arsenal hoping for title fight-back

Following their convincing 3-0 win against EPL strugglers Manchester United in midweek, City are going for the three points against Arsenal on Saturday’s last kick-off. Arsenal have being going through a rough patch since their 6-0 thrashing from the hands of Chelsea last week and the draw against Swansea City on Tuesday.

Manuel Pellegrini’s men will seek to compound Arsene Wenger’s woes further, knowing a victory will enhance their Premier League title credentials and inflict a huge blow to Arsenal’s chances. With the two games in hand City can close the gap on Chelsea and maybe even over-take them to sit pretty on the top of the table.

Manchester City will still be without their main-man Sergio Aguero due to his ongoing knee injury. But Edin Dzeko who grabbed a brace against Manchester United on Tuesday has been in great form and will be targeting the Arsenal defence which sees Laurent Koscielny absent through injury. Having capitulated in recent weeks a win against one of the big boys will be imperative for the Gunners; if not then it looks set to be frantic end for Arsenal’s season. (Check out the other EPL fixtures)

PAST THREE MEETINGS

Manchester City 6 (Aguero, Negredo, Fernandinho 2, Silva, Toure) Arsenal 3 (Walcott 2, Mertesacker), Premier League, December 2013.

Arsenal 0 Manchester City 2 (Milner, Dzeko), Premier League, January 2013

Manchester City 1 (Lescott) Arsenal 1 (Koscielny), Premier League, September 2012

STATS

Arsenal haven’t scored more than two goals at home against Manchester City since 2007.

Since the new millennium Manchester City have only managed to beat Arsenal once away from home, which was a 2-0 win in January 2013.

Since 2010 six players have been sent off in this fixture.

Arsenal’s biggest win against City was in 2000 when they emphatically won 5-0.

There have been six red cards in the last seven Barclays Premier League meetings between Man City (4) and Arsenal (2). Five of those have come in the last three meetings at the Emirates.

Manchester City scored six goals from just seven shots on target when they beat Arsenal 6-3 at the Etihad Stadium last December.

There have been just four goals scored in the last five meetings in all competitions between Arsenal and Man City at the Emirates Stadium.

Victory at the Emirates last season ended a run of 27 league games without a win for Man City away against Arsenal (D8 L19).

Arsenal have won just three of their last nine Premier League games (W3 D3 L3), this after a run of five successive victories beforehand.

Manchester City have converted the highest percentage of shots into goals of any team in the Premier League (20%).

Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud has scored five goals in his last three games at the Emirates in all competitions.

Manchester City have kept five consecutive clean sheets in the top-flight for the first time since 1915 and they have never kept six in a row in the top flight.

Yaya Toure has scored 12 goals in his last 15 Premier League games.

Edin Dzeko has scored six goals in his last seven Premier League starts for Manchester City