In August 2008 Katy Perry’s ‘I Kissed A Girl’ was causing controversy in the charts, while there were shock-waves in the footballing world as the Abu Dhabi United Group purchased Manchester City, and started throwing around blank cheques like confetti.
Since then, Manchester City have won two league titles, an FA Cup, a League Cup and a Community Shield, while forking out a whopping net spend of £483.3m. In comparison, Arsene Wenger’s wallet has barely had the cobwebs blown off, with a net spend of £42.2m since 2008, although a Community Shield and an FA Cup is hardly a prolific haul in six years.
More immediately worrying for the Gunners, is that since 2008, their results away to Manchester City have been as shocking as Roy Hodgson’s Ballon d’Or votes.
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Before the Benjamin’s started flowing for the reigning Premier League champs, Arsene Wenger enjoyed his trips up to Manchester City. In seven league trips to City before 2008, Wenger won six of them at Arsenal, with the only blemish being a 1-0 defeat in August 2006 when a Joey Barton penalty settled the tie.
Not only were Arsenal winning away to City, the victories were as convincing as Lance Armstrong’s lies. The Gunners were averaging 2.6 goals a game, and conceded just five in seven games courtesy of a back-line you wouldn’t fancy meeting down a dark alley.
Life was sweet for Wenger.
Unfortunately for Le Professor, the big bucks arrived in August 2008 and his form away to Man City turned as ugly as the latest series of Big Brother. A win rate of 17 per cent is compounded by conceding an average of 2.5 goals a game against the Citizens, and managing to bag just nine goals of their own.
In those six years there has been a 3-0 loss, a 4-2 thumping and last year’s 6-3 hammering as City have run riot against Arsenal. The Gunners responded in October 2010 with a 3-0 victory of their own at the Etihad Stadium, but it was a brief flicker of light in an otherwise dark and gloomy story.
This weekend, the odds suggest there will be further misery for Arsenal fans at the Etihad, with Man City priced up as the red-hot 4/5 favourites. To find a decent piece of punting value though, we popped over to our number-crunchers in Power Tower and they delivered what could prove to be the weekend’s gem.
- David Silva has scored in five matches this season, and if you put £5 each-way on Silva to score first in every league game this season, you would currently have £81.88 in pure profit in your bank account. That’s an interest rate of 86 per cent!
Combine that with the fact that Silva has three goals in his last seven league games against Arsenal and our interest is definitely tweaked. Even more so when you consider he has four goals in Man City’s last five league games. The Spaniard is 11/2 to open the scoring on Sunday, but we’re willing to throw a couple of quid on Silva to score first in a 3-1 City win at 45/1. That’s a potential return of £92 off a £2 bet and could easily fund a few pints and a chipper tea on Sunday evening, courtesy of Paddy.