It is true that if Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City wish to achieve the unprecedented fourth straight English Premier League title this year, they will have to edge past fierce contenders like Arsenal, whom they will face in Matchday 8 of the 2023/2024 Premier League Season this Sunday. The afternoon kickoff of this Super Sunday match will be played between the first-placed Manchester City and the current third best team in the league table Arsenal at the latter’s home of Emirates, where Gunners remained undefeated in all competitions thus far in 2023/2024.
Super Sunday Showdown in Matchday 8 of This Season’s EPL
With both teams finishing first and second in last year’s competition, this Matchday 8 game is without a doubt the match of the Premier League season, where even the neutral fans would circle on their match calendar. Furthermore, Manchester City and Arsenal each have different reasons to bag the league silverware in 2023/2024; For Pep Guardiola’s Cityzens, they will be eager to win their fourth consecutive trophy in this tournament, as it will make them the only team to attain this unparalleled milestone in the Premier League history, while Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal, having led much of the 2022/2023 English Premier League Season, are looking forward to go one step further this time around.
The Numbers Game:
1) Head-to-Head Record
The Matchday 8 encounter this weekend will be the 210th time Arsenal and Manchester City meet each other in a competitive game, with the Gunners currently leading the all-time head-to-head record with 99 wins as compared to the Cityzens’ 65.
On the other hand, if we take a look at recent results between the two English football juggernauts, Guardiola’s side definitely have the upper hand going into Matchday 8 of this season’s English Premier League. His Manchester City have won all of the previous 12 league matches against Arsenal, scoring 33 times and only conceding five goals during the process. A win in Matchday 8 this time around will give a record-equaling 13 straight wins as a joint-longest winning run over the same opponents in the league for the Spanish managerial maestro’s team.
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2) Recent Forms
Let us now delve into both teams’ recent forms coming into this Matchday 8 fixture in the Premier League. After beating their opponents this Sunday in the FA Community Shield on penalties, Arsenal have won seven of their next nine matches and remained unbeaten until the second group match of this season’s UEFA Champions League; Despite being one of two remaining unbeaten teams in the English Premier League, Arsenal’s invincible start to the season was ended in the hands of French Ligue 1 side RC Lens in France after getting an early lead a few days earlier.
Coincidentally, Guardiola’s men have also been pretty much unbeatable following their FA Community Shield loss to Arteta’s Gunners, winning all but two games in their previous 11 matches. In those back-to-back games that they failed to win, they were losses to Newcastle United and Wolverhampton Wanderers in the EFL Cup Third Round and the Premier League, and City only managed to get back to winning ways in their Champions League game against RB Leipzig at Red Bull Arena Leipzig last midweek.
Arsenal are the first side that Lens have beaten multiple times in the Champions League. 💪 pic.twitter.com/Af1RfkbwBj
— Squawka (@Squawka) October 3, 2023
Our Bold Prediction
Judging by both team’s head-to-head histories and recent forms, we have come up with a match result forecast for this Matchday 8 fixture between Arsenal and Manchester City. In our not-so-humble opinion, it is likely that the Gunners do not have the strength to overcome the mighty three-time defending Premier League champions this time around, and Pep Guardiola shall continue to prove his superiority over his former student Mikel Arteta; A small-margin victory to bag all three points should be expected from the Cityzens in this match, and Pep’s men will extend their gap with Arsenal in the league table in doing so, hoping second-placed Spurs also drop points in their match against Luton Town.
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