Why Arsenal will beat Manchester City
Fresh from some European madness, Arsenal now heads to Manchester to face the champions… And I’m feeling hopeful. Here’s why.Forgetting about the probable fatigue setting into each side, City must be feeling rather down hearted by Real Madrid’s late come back and victory. Although the Arsenal victory was not as convincing and jovial as I would have liked, it was a strong win nonetheless, with the team really starting to show some defensive stability and Steve Bould-like toughness. And moving even further back, Arsenal’s 6-1 thrashing of Southampton on the weekend in comparison to the one point picked up by City against Stoke (albeit not a shocking result), must have the confidence really brewing in the hearts of the Arsenal players.
Another reason to get excited before the trip to Manchester is that the goals are starting to flow. After early scares about the lack of goals being scored for Arsenal, leading to the typical “You won’t score because you lost Van Persie” talk, 10 goals in three games should really not be over-looked. And in comparison to last year’s over reliance on Van Persie for the goals, it seems that the load is being shared around the new look Arsenal midfield with Gervinho and Podolski both already with three in the bag.
In comparison to City’s wobbly start at the back (who are yet to keep a clean sheet), Arsenal have only let two goals slip in the first five games with one being a keeper’s mistake and the other a penalty. With the Arsenal side looking more and more capable of scoring goals, we could easily add to the nine that City have already conceded so far.
Let’s also not forget about the point that Arsenal has to prove against City. With so many of its star players moving north in search of trophies (and money, cough cough), I am sure that new Arsenal players, as well as old team mates are roaring to show Nasri and co that they were mistaken in their moves. Players as well as the fans travelling up for the game will be bound to prove that this is the year where Arsenal will steal the silverware right under the noses of those “faithful” players who betrayed our great club Arsenal for the famous Manchester sun and classy restaurants.
As for the first team picked for the Montpellier match I thought that players like Koscielny, Santos and Ramsey would have been utilised to give some of our more regular starters a chance to rest up before the big game. However, thankfully it doesn’t seem as if we suffered any fresh injuries from the trip to France, and Manchester City will be facing the same fatigue as us.
All in all it’s bound to be a cracker of a match on Sunday which I truly believe that Arsenal will get the three points from. So let’s all get behind our boys in red and win this match. Come on Arsenal!
Article by Josh Ben Moshe
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