Lukas Podolski will lead Arsenal's frontline against Manchester City. Image courtesy of news.com.au/Claude Paris - AP
Manchester City should have flown home from Madrid with three points in their possession after leading Real 2-1 with five to go at the Bernabeu. Instead, two late goals left Roberto Mancini’s side shellshocked, and just five days later they have to lift themselves for a clash against high-flying Arsenal at the City of Manchester Stadium.
After struggling to score at the start of the season, the Gunners are now finding the back of the net with regularity. Despite the free-wheeling style of both teams, just six goals have been scored in their last six meetings . City has only managed to get on the board once in their past five league clashes, and that was last December when David Silva scored the only goal of the game. Over the past two seasons, the sky blues have been nigh on unbeatable at home, though, having gone 31 matches without defeat .
Arsene Wenger’s squad hasn’t been known for its solidity at the back in recent seasons, but they’ve managed to keep clean sheets in their past two away games. The north Londoners haven’t managed three straight since 2005. They’ve conceded just once in the EPL this season, and that was thanks to a goalkeeping error from Wojciech Szczesny in the 6-1 rout of Southampton last weekend.
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