City stars return to training after Norwich thrashing
Check out Manchester City’s stars in training after defeating Norwich 5-0 in August 2021.
Manchester City vs Arsenal: Line-ups
Defending Champions to Reign Supreme
If last week’s performance against Norwich was anything to go by, City seldom need more attacking options in their ranks, as goals from Jack Grealish, Raheem Sterling, Riyad Mahrez, Aymeric Laporte and an own goal from Tim Krul propelled them to a straightforward 5-0 win over Norwich last time out.
City have only failed to score in one of their last 35 Premier League matches at the Etihad Stadium – an astonishing streak which is unlikely to end no matter who leads the line.
A crushing win over Arsenal would allow the Citizens to temporarily reclaim their rightful place at the top of the standings, and given their opponents’ recent performances, Arteta is a long way off emulating his former teacher Guardiola.
Having supposedly been given only another few games to save his job in the Emirates dugout, Arteta’s intention to lay down a marker in the EFL Cup was clear, as a strong Gunners XI thrashed a youthful-looking West Bromwich Albion side 6-0 in Wednesday’s second-round clash.
While their record on the Wembley turf is unparalleled, Arsenal have not endured such fortunes at the Etihad Stadium, as they have lost their last five league games away to Guardiola’s men and have won just one of their last 10 in the blue side of Manchester.
The timely returns of Aubameyang and Lacazette – who both scored in midweek – will prove priceless to Arsenal on the attacking front, and the Gunners are in a far better position now than they were against Chelsea. However, the same old problems are still there for Arteta, whose side should put up more of a fight but will be blown away by the supremacy of the reigning champions.