Arsenal must defend better to stop City

It’s the acid test for Arsenal this weekend when they take on Man City at the Emirates.

The Gunners are 2.6 shots with Boylesports to get back on the winning trail following their blip against QPR, and there are plenty of reasons to believe they can do just that.

City have failed failed to score in three of their last four Premier League games against Arsenal and each of their last four visits to the Emirates.

They have also won none of their last 26 away league games against the Gunners (W0 D8 L18), and come into the game on the back of disappointing draw against Stoke and Sunderland.

Roberto Mancini’s men seem to be running out of gas at the wrong time, whereas Arsenal had been gathering a head of steam before their 2-1 defeat at QPR.

Arsene Wenger’s men have won 11 and lost one of their last 14 PL games on their own patch and that makes them look a big price considering City’s current form.

One player who will be hoping to find the back of the net is Robin van Persie, as City are one of only three teams in the top flight that he has not scored against this season.

If he does manage to bag one in this then he will become only the fourth player to score against 17 different teams in a Premier League season (after Cole 1993/94, Shearer 1994/95 and Wright 1996/97).

The Dutchman has been chalked up at 5 with Boylesports and Paddy Power to score first, and 2.2 with the former to net anytime.

Both those prices make plenty of appeal in what is likely to be a hard fought and fiery encounter.

The last three league games between the two sides have produced three red cards, and with the stakes high it would be no surprise if there was another.

However, providing that Arsenal can keep their heads I can see them coming out on top and putting an end to any realistic title hopes for the Citizens. Arsenal also need to defend better, with Premier league efficiency statistics showing that the 2012 Arsenal team has one of the worst shots faced / goals conceded ratios in the last three years.

Historically though, Arsenal are able to raise their game against the bigger teams and I fancy them to win 2-1, and that scoreline is 9.5 chance with Betfred.
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7 Responses to “Arsenal must defend better to stop City”

  1. Jimmy Gunner
    April 7, 2012 at 7:41 am #

    I just hope the gunners don’t indulge in marathon passing in front of the MC penalty area. When the attack breaks down,as all attacks inevitably,Arsenal better beware of the swift counter strike.
    Btw fans who watch Milan shackle Messi in the first leg,will be delighted if the gunners can perform defnsively ie evryone is attacker and defender.

  2. akash
    April 7, 2012 at 12:52 pm #

    arsenal defend must be good to stop city striker which is a difficult work if so done arsenal will win this match i can assure you

  3. akash
    April 7, 2012 at 12:53 pm #

    especially penalty area

  4. Wolfgang
    April 7, 2012 at 6:49 pm #

    Everyone is talking about defence aginst MC. What about the ref?You never know.I don’t know .Robust and excessive violent taclkes must be punished at the first appearance.
    MC will be desperate to win . They have some very tough guys who will make Martin Taylor who broke Eduardos leg,seem an angel. That said watch out for some of the ref’s decisions especially with regard to offside.MC could score when one of the Blues is os. The ref will give the goal.Like wise h e will nullify the gunners’ goal.

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