Arsenal have enjoyed a good start to the new Premier League season. Fulham, West Ham and Sheffield United have been beaten so far, with a defeat to Liverpool the only blotch on their record. But if they’re to maintain momentum with victory over Manchester City on Saturday, they’ll need to overcome their torrid record at the Etihad Stadium.
When it comes to Manchester City, Arsenal seem to have an inferiority complex at the Etihad Stadium.
They’ve won just twice in 10 years on that ground, with a trip to Manchester often leaving fans feeling glum and down in the aftermath.
Since 2010, City have simply been too strong on home soil. Nearly every single time.
In October of that year, Arsenal romped to a 3-0 win. Samir Nasri was the star of the show, with the France international joined by Alex Song and Nicklas Bendtner on the scoresheet.
But they’ve won just once in the nine years since.
When they faced off in 2011, City picked up the three points courtesy of a David Silva strike in the 53rd minute.
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The following year, Arsenal could only manage a draw. Joleon Lescott’s goal had looked enough to consign them to defeat but Laurent Koscielny struck at the death to salvage a point.
In 2013, City won a nine-goal thriller 6-3.
Arsenal had Theo Walcott score a brace with Per Mertesacker also notching but it wasn’t enough, with goals from Aguero, Alvaro Negredo, Fernandinho (2), Silva and Yaya Toure giving Roberto Mancini’s team the win.
The Gunners did emerge victorious from their showdown in January 2015, winning the match after Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud were on all target.
But it’s been a similar story for Arsenal in the years since.
They secured a draw at the Etihad in May 2016 but lost 3-1 to City the following season, with an Aguero hat-trick putting the north London giants to the sword.
In 2019, Pep Guardiola got the better of Unai Emery with City winning 3-1 again.
And, just last season, Arsenal shipped three goals without being able to respond as Guardiola’s team cruised to victory.
The Gunners have turned a big corner under Mikel Arteta.
But they’ll have to overcome their Etihad issues if they’re to pick up the points and boost their chances of a Premier League top four finish in the process.
Meanwhile, speaking ahead of the match, City star Raheem Sterling talked up Arsenal and hailed their improvement on Arteta’s watch.
“He’s a person that had a lot of say here,” Sterling said. “The manager trusted him here and he had a lot of influence on the players here and the team as well.
“So I knew once he went into Arsenal that it would be a great opportunity for him but also he would definitely implement what he wanted to bring in.
“And he’s a person that will put his foot down and not let things slide as you can see with the boys at Arsenal. They know if they don’t run they are most likely not going to play.”
He then added: “You can see the change that he’s brought in there, you can see the energy, you can see how much he’s put into them with their off-ball work.
“We all knew before Mikel got in how much good football they could play, how technically good they were but probably off the field they weren’t as aggressive as they are with Mikel.
“They run their socks off now, you can see why they benefited with some good results recently.”
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