Charlie Nicholas states his prediction for Man City v Arsenal

Charlie Nicholas is tipping Manchester City to claim a 3-0 win over Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday

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Charlie Nicholas is tipping Manchester City to claim a dominant 3-0 victory over Arsenal at The Etihad on Sunday afternoon.

The Citizens head into the game on the back of their surprise 2-1 loss to Newcastle United in the Premier League at St James’ Park in midweek.

Arsenal, meanwhile, are looking to keep up their push for a top-four finish in the Premier League as they aim to enjoy a successful first season under Unai Emery.

The Gunners head into their trip to The Etihad on the back of their victory over Cardiff City at The Emirates in midweek.

However, former Arsenal star Nicholas believes that the defending champions are on course to claim a comprehensive win over the Gunners this weekend.

Writing in his column for Sky Sports, Nicholas said: “I am scared of this one for my former team. Yes we have got into the top four and are doing better than anticipated.

“But Man City will be angry and will be looking to close that gap before Liverpool play and we all know that City can rip any team apart. And because it is a big team coming to play them, they will be even more up for this, so I see nothing other than a comfortable City win and Arsenal could get a bit of a run around here.

“This is the least hopeful I have been for an Arsenal game ever, I fear they could give us a real hiding and I think they will win 3-0, with the title race back on.

“It could be more than 3-0 and that is what really worries me as Arsenal have no defence and we will have a full-back in Monreal playing at centre-back, so it is just a shambles defensively at the moment. And that is where I do not have any hope.”

Arsenal have not finished in the top four for the last two seasons and they will be aiming to try and break back into the Champions League qualification places before the season is out.

Manchester City are looking to defend the Premier League title they won last season.

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