The blues have had an indifferent start to the season, winning, drawing and losing one each of their three opening games while Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal have won three out of their four league games so far.
If Arsenal win on Saturday, it will be the first time since the 1954/54 season that City have lost both their opening home games of the season. On that occasion, the blues lost 4-0 to eventual champions Wolves, then 1-0 to Aston Villa. It would also be the first time City have lost consecutive home games since 2016, when Leicester and Spurs won in Manchester 1-3 and 1-2 respectively.
City have won the last six Premier League games against Arsenal home and away and victory will condemn Arsenal to a seventh straight defeat against the same opponent – the first time that gas happened since Ipswich recorded successive victories over the Gunners between 1974 and 1977.
Arsenal’s last league win at City was January 2015 when a Santi Carzola penalty in the first half was doubled by Olivier Giroud in the second half to give the Gunners a 2-0 win. That win was the last time the Gunners won away at any of the established top six Premier League sides.
Although he scored in last season’s FA Cup Semi-Final, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has gone 450 minutes without scoring against City, the longest he has ever gone without scoring against one particular side.
City’s biggest home win against the Gunners came in 2013 when Manuel Pellegrini’s side thrashed the London outfit 6-3, just a few weeks after hammering Norwich (7-0) and Spurs (6-0). Meanwhile, Arsenal’s biggest win on City soil was February 2003, when a Thierry Henry inspired Gunners ran out 5-1 winners at Maine Road.
The Gunners previously had one of the best records against City in Manchester. In the 51 games played between January 1978 and April 2009, the blues won just five, losing and incredible 35, including losing 12 consecutive games between August 1994 and May 2006.