Arsenal fans, look away now! Man City have won their last EIGHT Premier League head-to-head, with Pep Guardiola unbeaten in 10 since taking over… so how bad could it get for Mikel Arteta on Saturday?
- Manchester City to host Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon
- Arsenal have a terrible recent league record against City, losing their last eight
- Pep Guardiola is undefeated in Premier League v Arsenal to win nine out of 10
- Arsenal have yet to score against Man City in the league under Mikel Arteta
- The Gunners last defeated Man City in the Premier League in December 2015.
If Arsenal thought they had turned a corner with their 6-0 win over West Brom in Wednesday night’s Carabao Cup, they may be thinking again on Saturday against champions Manchester City.
The Gunners, who have lost their first two Premier League games to Brentford and Chelsea, have a poor record against Pep Guardiola’s City.
Pre-Pep, they were City’s bogey team. When the Catalan took over in the summer of 2016, his new club was without a win in six against Arsenal. How long ago does that feel now.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta (left) slams fists with Pep Guardiola (right) after 3-0 defeat
Raheem Sterling celebrates scoring City’s winner against Arsenal last season at the Etihad
Under Guardiola’s tutelage, City have a near-perfect record against Arsenal in the Premier League, with nine wins and one draw. They have won eight in a row.
City have conceded just two goals in those eight consecutive Premier League wins against Arsenal, with clean sheets in their last four games in a row.
Arsenal’s last goal against City in the Premier League was from their former captain Laurent Koscielny in a 3-1 defeat in February 2019.
Only three players in City’s squad have tasted defeat to Arsenal in the Premier League. Fernandinho and Kevin De Bruyne started at the Emirates in December 2015 when Raheem Sterling came off the bench.
Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud gave the Gunners a 2-0 lead at halftime, before Yaya Toure bounced back late for Manuel Pellegrini.
Olivier Giroud celebrates Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Manchester City, the last time they beat them
Hector Bellerin and the late substitute Calum Chambers are the only remaining players at Arsenal from that Arsene Wenger team, which included Joel Campbell, Mathieu Flamini and Per Mertesacker.
In Guardiola’s first season, City had just as much work in progress as they finished third, but they were still able to end their Arsenal hoodoo with a 2-1 home win in December 2016, followed by a 2-2 draw to the Emirates in April 2017.
Then the floodgates opened. City’s successive titles in 2017-18 and 2018-19 resulted in 3-1, 3-0, 2-0 and 3-1 victories over Arsenal, including a hat-trick from Sergio Aguero in February 2019.
City were knocked into second place by Liverpool in 2019-20, but still managed to rack up successive 3-0 wins over Arsenal – which by now were well established as their lashes. De Bruyne scored three goals in those two games.
Pep against Arsenal in Premier League
December 18, 2016: Manchester City 2-1 Arsenal
April 2, 2017: Arsenal 2-2 Man City
November 5, 2017: Manchester City 3-1 Arsenal
March 1, 2018: Arsenal 0-3 Man City
August 12, 2018: Arsenal 0-2 Man City
February 3, 2019: Manchester City 3-1 Arsenal
Dec 15 2019: Arsenal 0-3 Man City
June 17, 2020: Manchester City 3-0 Arsenal
Oct 17, 2020: Manchester City 1-0 Arsenal
February 21, 2021: Arsenal 0-1 Man City
Sergio Aguero drives away after completing his hat-trick against Arsenal in February 2019
Kevin De Bruyne shoots home from the penalty spot against Arsenal in June 2020
Last season, perhaps a crumb of comfort for Arsenal fans, City only managed to beat them 1-0 each time, with Raheem Sterling scoring the winner both times.
That does mean the Gunners have yet to score against City in the Premier League since Guardiola’s former assistant Mikel Arteta took over, with a total score of 5-0 over three games.
Arteta, however, beat City in the FA Cup, a memorable 2-0 win in the 2020 semi-final, before beating Chelsea in the final.
If it’s more crumbs of comfort that Arsenal fans are looking for, they’ll find it in the cups, where Guardiola has effectively lost two out of three games to Arsenal.
However, Saturday is the Premier League and Pep’s City versus Arsenal in the Premier League does not end well for the Gunners.