What better way to get back into the swing of things than a mouth-watering encounter between Manchester City and Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium with a 8.15 pm kick off time this Wednesday.
Before the enforced break City were sitting in second place, a mere 25 points behind leaders Liverpool. The Gunners meanwhile were languishing in a disappointing ninth place, still eight points behind fourth place Chelsea.
Both sides are playing their game in hand with Mikel Arteta’s side desperate to try and close the gap to improve their chances of bringing Champions League football back to the Emirates next season.
When these heavyweight sides last met it was City who came out on top with a 2-1 victory.
These clubs have met 30 times in all with the Manchester side coming out on top, managing 14 wins compared to Arsenal’s nine.
Before the enforced shutdown, City were in excellent form at the Etihad having won four of their last five games. There only blemish being a 2-2 draw against visiting Crystal Palace.
The Gunners meanwhile will be looking to try and get all three points on Wednesday after having racked up three wins out of their last five Premiership games, all of which have been at home. Away from home is where the visitors have struggled most, however, having failed to win their last five. Subsequently, Arsenal have only picked up 14 points out of a possible 39 on offer.
Coming into this game, City have picked up 10 points from their last five league games, while Arsenal have secured nine points from 15 available.
City have scored no less than nine times at the Etihad and have only lost once to Arsenal in their last five meetings between the sides. Despite not picking up an away win for a while, Arsenal still have a healthy unbeaten seven match run that they will be looking to continue on Wednesday.
This titanic battle between these two sides will firmly focus on City’s Sergio Aguero and Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Aguero has banged in 16 goals already this campaign compared to Aubameyang’s impressive 17 strikes.
With City’s goal force and Arsenal’s watery defence, we can expect goals in this one as we welcome back the new way of watching football in 2020.