Arsenal v Manchester City Match Preview
I have to apologise for the lack of an update today but let’s just say that things have been busy for me. The Australian A-League season kicked off today and I just watched my local team Queensland draw 2-2 with Adelaide United. Most people in Europe and the United States will have very little knowledge of Australian football but with the reformatted A-League now in its third year things are definitely building.
Anyway, back to Arsenal. They take on table-topping Manchester City tonight (in just under an hour) and both sides will be looking to continue their undefeated starts to the season. Manchester City are still an unknown quantity and it is difficult to tell which team will turn out; the exciting attacking side that dominated West Ham or the defensive side that scraped a win against rivals Manchester United.
Schmeicel should be pressured
I was unable to catch the Manchester derby last weekend but a close friend of mine – a Manchester United supporter – saw the game and basically stated that Manchester City were pretty average. Whilst he is a Manchester United fan and there is definitely some bias attached, most reports suggest that this is a pretty fair assessment of that game. He also mentioned that Kasper Schmeichel, their goalkeeper, was rubbish and that Arsenal would be mad not to send in crosses as often as possible to test him. It’s not normally Arsenal’s style, but with Emmanuel Adebayor returning to the squad it might be the best way to go.
Arsenal are likely start with the team predicted by Gunnerblog and should prove too strong for Manchester City. I’ll be looking very closely at the performances of Manuel Almunia (who will start in place of “injured” goalkeeper Jens Lehmann), Philippe Senderos (who will be slotting in for William Gallas) and Eduardo da Silva (who will surely make his home debut). If you’re looking for an online stream to watch the match check out the options provided by FSi. Despite City’s good start to the season I really think the boys will be up for this and I’m tipping a 2-0 win for Arsenal.
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