Arsenal and Manchester City look set to lock horns on Tuesday when both sides meet at the Emirates Stadium with a place in the Carabao Cup semi-finals on the line.
The focus will momentarily shift to cup competition after several weeks of Premier League football as the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup kick-off on Tuesday and a mouth-watering contest at the Emirates Stadium where Arsenal take on trophy holders Manchester City is on the cards.
Arsenal fans didn’t seem fazed when this matchup was drawn months ago but with the state of football at the Emirates currently, it looks more likely the Arsenal faithfuls would not be looking forward to this fixture.
Although the Gunners have excelled in Europe, the Premier League hasn’t been any kinder to them but they can gather inspiration from the fact that they defeated Leicester City 2-0 in the third round before getting the better of Liverpool on penalties in the previous stage.
Manchester City, meanwhile, go into this one high on confidence.
They have kept clean sheets in a number of games and with an underperforming Arsenal side at their mercy, they would fancy a go at this one.
Manchester City already got the better of Arsenal when both sides met in the Premier League early on in the season with a 1-0 victory swaying the side of the Citizens.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will not be featuring for Arsenal due to a calf injury that kept him out of the Everton fixture over the weekend.
Mikel Arteta confirmed after that game that the injury could rule Aubameyang out for at least a week.
Thomas Partey also remain on the sideline, while Granit Xhaka serves the last of his three-match ban.
Gabriel Magalhaes, sent off against Southampton last week, returns from a one-match suspension.
Gabriel Jesus may be missing again after he was ruled out of the Southampton game with a “condition in his teeth”, and central defensive partners Eric Garcia and Aymeric Laporte are also doubts.
Stats and facts heading into the match (Backed by Opta)
- Arsenal and Manchester City last met in the League Cup in the 2018 final, with City winning 3-0. The Gunners have lost their last three League Cup matches against City, also losing in the quarter-finals in both 2009/10 and 2011/12.
- Manchester City have won their last three away matches against Arsenal, all in the Premier League. City are the only team to win three consecutive away games against the Gunners at the Emirates, while the last team to win four consecutive away matches against Arsenal were Chelsea between 1960 and 1965 (six in a row).
- Arsenal have been eliminated from six of their last eight League Cup quarter-finals, reaching the semi-final in 2010/11 and 2017/18 in this run. This is the Gunners’ 29th appearance at this stage, more than any other club.
- Manchester City have progressed from/won the final in each of their last 17 League Cup ties and haven’t lost a League Cup match in London since December 2003 (1-3 vs Spurs), winning six and drawing two since, winning on penalties in the two draws.
- Since 2006/07, only Chelsea at Stamford Bridge (20) have won more League Cup matches at one venue than Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium (19), with the Gunners winning seven of their last eight matches there (L1).
- Man City’s Raheem Sterling has been directly involved in 17 goals in 25 appearances in the League Cup (10 goals, 7 assists) and has found the net in each of his last two matches at the Emirates Stadium against Arsenal, both Premier League encounters.
Arsenal have kept their head down in a number of games this season, even against opponents they are favourites to beat.
City on the other hand are not one of the kindest sides to play in any competition as they have a knack for punishing sides who are complacent.
Verdict: Arsenal 0-3 Manchester City