Sky Sports pundit predicts Arsenal v Man City

Charlie Nicholas is backing Man City to claim a dominant 4-2 win over Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday

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Charlie Nicholas is backing Manchester City to claim a dominant 4-2 win over Arsenal in the Premier League clash at The Emirates on Sunday.

The Citizens head into the game looking to bounce back from a stuttering run of form in the Premier League, with City having only won two of their five most recent games.

That run of results has caused Pep Guardiola’s men to drop down the Premier League table and lose pace with leaders Liverpool FC.

Arsenal, meanwhile, head into the clash fresh from having sealed their first Premier League victory since Unai Emery’s sacking with a 3-1 win at West Ham United last week.

The Gunners will be desperate to make it back to back wins in the top flight as they bid to try and climb the table.

However, former Arsenal star Nicholas believes that the defending champions will have too much for the Gunners when they make the trip to north London this weekend.

Writing in his column for Sky Sports, Nicholas said: “We can guarantee goals in this one. I am going to go for a high scoreline here.

“Man City posted an emphatic win midweek but have major problems at the back. The Arsenal strikers looked as though they were more up for it and are scoring.

“Bukayo Saka played his part in the draw at Standard Liege, as did Gabriel Martinelli off the bench – we have some real promising youngsters. These are the games that they haven’t got a result in and I am not expecting one here.

“Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sometimes do not turn up in these games, if they get picked that is. I really have sympathy for Bernd Leno.

“He is a top-class goalkeeper but he will make mistakes as all goalkeepers do. He is playing behind a defence who do not protect him. There will be loads of goals in this.”

Manchester City will return to League Cup action on Wednesday night when they travel to Oxford United in the quarter-finals.

Next up for Arsenal, meanwhile, is a trip to Everton next Saturday lunchtime in the Premier League.

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