After the humiliation of being played off the park by City in the League Cup final last Sunday, Arsene Wenger gets an immediate shot at redemption as he welcomes Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City to the Emirate Stadium on Thursday night.
Ironically, the pair were due to meet in the league last Sunday, but the game had to be rescheduled to Thursday because of their meeting in the League Cup final.
Now revenge must surely be on the cards as Wenger for the first time in his Arsenal career is finally starting to fear for his job.
Six defeats in twelve will do that for a man at the helm of one of the Premier League most successful outfits but already heading into March, the Gunners sit sixth but more importantly ten points adrift of fourth whilst City hold a thirteen-point advantage at the top and destined for the title.
Defeat for Arsenal, and a top four will undoubtedly be gone with the Europa League the only opportunity to save face in yet another disappointing season.
Unfortunately, there is not much to suggest the Gunners will be able to defeat Pep Guardiola’s high-flying Citizens.
City’s last trip to the Emirate in the league resulted in a share of the spoils and once again that looks the Gunners best chance of coming away without egg on their face.
The game to finish a draw is at 3/1 which looks a good price considering City have bigger fish to fry with the Champions League around the corner.
However, there is one piece of positivity for Arsenal fans, Henrikh Mikatarian will be available for selection after he was cup tied for Sunday’s cup final.
The Armenian is yet to prove himself in the Premier League and will be desperate to put on a show stopping performance and at 4/1 to strike first could prove a profitable punt.
Finally, there is one thing assured when these two meet and that is goals. Nine times in the last eleven Premier League head to head encounters both teams have found the back of the net.
Both teams to score in the game is 1/2 and that is a no brainer, however, it may be worth combining it with over 2.5 goals at 8/15 to garner even more value as the last five top flight matches between the pair has yielded three goals or more.