Arsenal will host Man City tonight at Emirates Stadium in the clash between the two title contenders. Both teams are separated by a solitary point and a defeat would mean losing further ground on the table toppers Leicester City.
Here are the five reasons why we think Arsenal will get the better of Man City tonight:
The form of Mesut Ozil
The German playmaker is in the form of his life at the moment. He’s finally justifying the tag of Arsenal’s most expensive player. The 27-year old currently leads the European top five leagues in terms of assists and chances created. He has provided ten assists in his last 11 games and 13 in total this season. With Ozil among Gunners’ ranks, City will find it hard to deal with their attacking threat.
In words of Arsene Wenger, Ozil is ‘absolutely unbelievable now’.
The presence of Petr Cech
Arsenal have lacked a world class goalkeeper in their team since the departure of Jens Lehmann in 2008. The Czech goalkeeper was the only arrival at Emirates Stadium in the summer when other clubs spent millions of dollars on players. But he has proved to be one of the most vital signings of this season in Premier League.
John Terry predicted that Cech would win 12-15 points for the Gunners, and Cech is living up to the prediction.
Return of Aaron Ramsey in the midfield
The injuries to Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin were major blows to the North London Club. But something good came out of it in the form of Aaron Ramsey moving to his favoured position in midfield.
The Welsh midfielder has scored two goals and provided two assists in his last three games since he started playing in midfield.
Form of Olivier Giroud
The French striker has been in superb form of late. He has scored five goals in his last three games, including his first ever hat-trick for the club in the must-win Champions League game against Olympiakos.
Ozil and Giroud form the most deadly striker-provider combination in the league and City defence will have more than a handful in the lanky striker tonight.
Absence of Vincent Kompany in Man City’s defence
Man City’s defence is always susceptible to concede goals in the absence of skipper Vincent Kompany.
The Belgian adds the much-needed experience and composure to the City’s defence and if City wants to challenge for the title, then Kompany’s presence is much needed in their defence.