Well, I don’t think anyone expected to see this match get played this side of August, but the blues are back in action and take on Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium.
The match will be played in an empty stadium and broadcast live on Sky and the blues will look to resume with a victory that will consolidate second place in the league. City’s recent record in this fixture has been quite good, but what do the stats say?
Two Defeats In Twelve For Goal Happy Blues
City have only lost to Arsenal twice in 12 matches at home, which is in stark comparison to the previous 12, where City lost ten and drew just one in a dismal period stretching over 14 years. During the current run, City have scored 28 goals against the Gunners, while conceding 16, with City’s tally being boosted by the 6-3 victory over Arsenal in December 2013.
Defeat After Defeat For Longest Losing Blues Run
Between December 1994 and May 2006, City endured their worst losing run at home to Arsenal. City lost eight consecutive home matches. This run also included a 4-0 and 5-1 thrashings, the latter saw the blues 4-0 down after just 20 minutes.
In total, City conceded 20 goals, while scoring just 5. Thankfully, that run ended with a 1-0 City win in August 2006, and the blues are now unbeaten in four matches in this fixture.
Heavy Defeats and record Victories
Arsenal’s 5-1 win in 2003, their biggest win at City, was the second time the Gunners scored five times in Manchester. The previous time was way back in November 1925 when the Gunners won 5-2. Arsenal have also scored 4 goals in Manchester on seven occasions.
By contrast, City’s biggest victory over Arsenal was the 6-3 win in 2013, while the blues have also scored 4 goals at home to the Gunners seven times.
City and Arsenal have had quite a few connections over the years. David Seaman, David Rocastle, Emmanuel Adebayor, Kolo Toure, Gael Clichy, Samir Nasri and Bacary Sagna are some of the players that have joined the blues from the Gunners, while Arsenal’s current manager Mikel Arteta was Pep Guardiola’s right hand man until recently.