Undoubtedly, this upcoming match between Arsenal and Manchester City is the most significant game of the 2022-23 Premier League season. The outcome could potentially determine the title winners, as both clubs have demonstrated remarkable consistency throughout this campaign.
However, Arsenal’s poor recent record against Manchester City is a major obstacle to their hopes of winning their first league title since 2003-04 when Arsene Wenger was in charge. In fact, the Gunners have lost their last 11 Premier League matches against the Citizens, marking their longest losing streak against any single opponent in the league’s history.
Moreover, Arsenal has lost in all six of their Premier League visits to the Etihad Stadium during Pep Guardiola’s reign as Manchester City manager and haven’t won while away at Manchester City since January 2015, a match in which they won 2-0.
Mikel Arteta, Arsenal’s current manager, was previously an assistant to Guardiola at Manchester City. However, he has lost all six of his Premier League games against the Citizens as Arsenal’s manager, making them the only team he has faced but failed to beat in the competition.
Arsenal desperately needs to win this match, with Manchester City only five points behind them with two games in hand. Scoring goals, however, has been a significant challenge for the Gunners in recent years at the Etihad Stadium. They have only netted three goals in their last ten Premier League matches against Manchester City, failing to score in seven of those games.