Arsenal v Manchester City H2H: Title rivals clash in early season showdown

Last season’s top two meet in the Premier League for the first time this season. The recent Arsenal v Manchester City H2H strongly favours Pep Guardiola’s team but Mikel Arteta is desperate to get one over on his old boss.

It’s a 16:30 kick-off at the Emirates this Sunday and it promises to be a cracking game with just one point currently separating the sides at the top of the early 2023/24 Premier League table.

Arsenal vs Man City H2H
The Arsenal players celebrate with the Community Shield – 6th August 2023 – Photo by Icon sport

Arsenal v Manchester City H2H: The story so far

There have been 209 meetings between the clubs overall across all competitions.

  • Arsenal Wins: 98
  • Draws: 45
  • Manchester City Wins: 65

Arsenal’s overall record is significantly better than Manchester City’s in a fixture which dates back to the 19th Century. However that should have little impact on the Arsenal vs Manchester City H2H predictions given Pep Guardiola’s men have dominated this fixture in recent times.

You have to go back more than six years just to find Arsenal’s most recent Premier League point against City which came late in the 2016/17 season via a 2-2 draw at the Emirates. Theo Walcott and Shkodran Mustafi were the scorers for the Gunners that day while Leroy Sane and Sergio Aguero netted for the visitors.

Gabriel Martinelli of Arsenal clashes with Kyle Walker of Manchester City during the FA Cup fourth round match in January 2023. Picture by Matt Wilkinson/Focus Images Ltd 07814 960751 27/01/2023 – Photo by Icon sport

History in the Making

Manchester City have won the last 12 Premier League meetings between the clubs which is an extraordinary record to have over a team expected to be their main title rivals again. That’s actually Arsenal’s worst ever run of league defeats against a single opponent in their entire history.

Will it be unlucky 13 for the Citizens or will the Gunners succumb to their old foes once more?

Arsenal v Manchester City: Last five H2H matches

Arsenal 1-1 Manchester City (Arsenal won 4-1 on penalties)

The sides have already met this season and Mikel Arteta did claim only his second victory over Pep Guardiola. It was only the Community Shield, but Arsenal emerged with a 4-1 win on penalties over last season’s treble winners.

Arsenal - Man City H2h
6th August 2023; The Arsenal players celebrate after winning the penalty shoot out – Photo by Icon sport

Manchester City 4-1 Arsenal

City took a huge leap towards the 2022/23 Premier League title in April by dismantling their only rivals in a two-horse race 4-1 at the Etihad. Kevin De Bruyne scored twice in a dominant performance.

Arsenal 1-3 Manchester City

De Bruyne was also on target in February when City really upped the pressure on early season league leaders Arsenal with an excellent 3-1 win at the Emirates. Jack Grealish and Erling Haaland were also on target.

Manchester City 1-0 Arsenal

The first of what will this weekend become five meetings in 2023 took place in the FA Cup 4th Round in January. Nathan Ake struck the only goal in the Second Half for the hosts.

Arsenal 1-2 Manchester City

By contrast, the clubs only met once in 2022, on New Year’s Day, when Rodri’s 93rd minute winner extended City’s Premier League winning streak over Arsenal. The Spaniard featured in his team’s 3-1 win at RB Leipzig in midweek but is suspended for this Sundays’ match.

Iconic Moment

This fixture was actually dominated by Arsenal during the earlier years of the Premier League but nothing symbolises the shift in power quite like the sight of Emmanuel Adebayor sprinting the full length of the pitch to celebrate in front of the away end at the Etihad in September 2009.

The striker had swapped North London for the new money in Manchester that summer and scored the third goal in a 4-2 City win over his former club.

14th September 2009 – Emmanuel Adebayor scores against Arsenal in a Premier League game. Photo by Camera / Icon Sport

Final Prediction

Arsenal may never get a better chance to at the very least end this long losing streak in league matches against Manchester City. The visitors are missing the influential Rodri and Kevin De Bruyne and suffered a shock defeat last weekend at Wolves. 

The hosts will fancy they can win the midfield battle, but that alone may not be enough to win the game, particularly with Arsenal sweating over the fitness of Bukayo Saka.

We’re saying 2-2 with Martin Odegaard to score first.

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