It’s tough to play at the Etihad Stadium and I don’t see Arsenal winning but I do see them getting a result. Their new found belief in their defensive ability is there for all to see. One Premier League goal conceded so far this season. We would never have thought that Arsenal would have the best defence in the league after four games but they have.
So they’ll go to the Etihad Stadium with that type of confidence, happy in the knowledge that they’ve beaten Montpelier midweek and confident in the fact that they’ve already gone to Anfield and beaten Liverpool.
But this is Manchester City, the defending champions, and they have lost many at the Etihad in the last 18 months. So it’s a big ask for Arsenal beat them and City will be keen to get back to winning ways after their defeat to Real Madrid in the Bernabeu.
I think it will be a fantastic game and I’m really looking forward to it. Both teams will attack to try and win the game because I think that’s the only way that Arsenal can get anything.
I don’t think we’ll get an abundance of goals, it’d be lovely to think we’d get a 3-3 draw at 50/1, but I do think it’ll be a score draw and I think Arsenal can get something.
I expect Sergio Aguero to start to play in tandem with Carlos Tevez. Roberto Mancini was close to playing him midweek but felt that he wasn’t quite ready. I’d be surprised if he’s left out again, Aguero will want to play in this game.
Arsenal’s trio of Lukas Podolski, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Gervinho is looking really good at the moment and there’s certainly plenty of attacking talent on show for both sides.
That being said I still think this is going to be a low-scoring draw.