Three reasons why Arsenal will beat Man City on Monday night
Iqbal Johal examines three reasons why Arsenal are on course to beat Manchester City at The Emirates on Monday night
City without Kompany
City captain Vincent Kompany has been missing through injury since the 0-0 draw away to Aston Villa, and their defence has looked extremely shaky ever since. It is no coincidence that in City’s worst displays of the season – 4-1 defeats by Spurs and Liverpool – the Belgian was out injured, leaving a vulnerable defence ripe for the picking. Martin Demichelis and Eliaquim Mangala have proved unsuitable either together or partnering Nicolas Otamendi in the heart of defence and an Arsenal team unbeaten in five could take full advantage. City have conceded 12 goals in seven games since Kompany was first missing in November, compared with five conceded in the 11 games he has played. City look a different team defensively without him, so Arsenal will know they won’t have a better chance than to go four points clear of their biggest title challengers.
Oliver Giroud, Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil have looked deadly throughout the season so far, and especially with City’s poor defence, you back them to continue this form on Monday. No Arsenal player has been involved in more goals than Ozil this season, who is finally becoming the world-class star he was at Real Madrid. With five in three, nine in the league and 14 overall, Giroud is proving his doubters wrong and is now one of the top strikers in England. Then there is Sanchez. With 25 goals last season and nine this campaign, the Chilean is arguably the club’s best player and one of the leading stars in world football. With such an exciting forward line, Arsenal are favourites in this huge title clash at The Emirates.
An unfit Aguero
Although the Argentina international is expected to be fit enough to take part on Monday, it is unlikely he will slot straight into the starting XI. He hasn’t played since the end of November and only three times since his incredible five-goal haul against Newcastle in early October. Despite back-to-back victories, City look a lot less clinical in front of goal without Aguero’s finishing, and not yet 100 per cent, it would be a tough ask for him to get back to top form against Arsenal. The Gunners have conceded just 13 league goals this season, which is why having an unfit Aguero severely damages the visitors’ hopes of three points, especially if it is left up to Wilfred Bony to lead the line against the impressive Petr Cech.