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Arsenal’s next six matches compared to Man City after Sunday’s victory

Arsenal’s next six matches compared to Man City after Sunday’s victory

Arsenal’s 1-0 win against Manchester City may not go down as a classic match, but its psychological implications could carry significant weight in the 2023/24 Premier League title race.

While Manchester City cannot be considered Arsenal’s bogey team, they have consistently dominated Arsenal since Pep Guardiola took charge. 

Before Sunday’s game, City had won 12 consecutive Premier League matches against Arsenal. However, a late goal by Gabriel Martinelli put an end to that streak, earning Mikel Arteta’s team a crucial three points.

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Arsenal’s victory propelled them to the top of the standings, tying them with their north London rivals, Tottenham. 

While Arsenal may not have had the same surprise factor as they did in the 2022/23 season when they emerged as City’s primary title challengers, it is clear that Arteta’s team remains a significant threat to Manchester City’s dominance in the Premier League.

Both teams will now hope that their key players return unharmed from international duty, as a busy schedule awaits them in the lead-up to Halloween.

Below is a comparison of the upcoming fixtures for both Arsenal and Manchester City.

Arsenal’s next six fixtures

Some may argue that the October break came at an inconvenient time for Arsenal, considering their recent victory on Sunday. However, this break will provide valuable time for players like Bukayo Saka to recover from injuries.

Arsenal’s involvement in the Carabao Cup means that their next six matches will span three different competitions. In early November, they will face West Ham away in the fourth round of the cup.

Before that, Arsenal has two Premier League matches scheduled. They will visit Chelsea, who may be improving under the management of Mauricio Pochettino, and then host Sheffield United, a team likely facing relegation. 

Following their cup tie in East London, they have a challenging trip to St. James’ Park, so Mikel Arteta is likely to rotate his squad for that midweek fixture.

Arsenal’s Champions League campaign continues with matches against Sevilla, both home and away. 

These upcoming fixtures against the Spanish team, who recently dismissed manager Jose Luis Mendilibar, have gained increased importance following their loss to Lens on matchday two.

Date / Kick-off time (BST)FixtureCompetition
21/10/23 / 17:30Chelsea vs ArsenalPremier League
24/10/23 / 20:00Sevilla vs ArsenalChampions League
28/10/23 / 15:00Arsenal vs Sheffield UnitedPremier League
01/10/23 / 19:30West Ham vs ArsenalCarabao Cup
04/11/23 / 17:30Newcastle vs ArsenalPremier League
08/11/23 / 20:00Arsenal vs SevillaPremier League

Man City’s next six fixtures

Guardiola will be pleased to have Rodri back in action after the break, as the midfielder missed City’s recent Premier League defeats due to suspension. His return is vital for Manchester City, who will face Brighton on October 21st.

City’s upcoming Premier League fixtures are far from straightforward. After their clash with Brighton, they will make the trip to Old Trafford for the first Manchester Derby of the season. In the previous season, Guardiola’s team suffered a defeat in this fixture, and they may now encounter a rejuvenated Red Devils side, boosted by their dramatic victory over Brentford.

The champions will be expected to overcome an underperforming Bournemouth side managed by Andoni Iraola at the beginning of November. However, their subsequent visit to Stamford Bridge appears to be a tougher challenge, given Chelsea’s recent improvement in form, especially with the host team gradually regaining fitness after injury setbacks.

Similar to Arsenal, Manchester City also has Champions League commitments, with two matches against Young Boys as they progress in Group G.

Date / Kick-off time (BST)FixtureCompetition
21/10/23 / 15:00Man City vs BrightonPremier League
24/10/23 / 20:00Young Boys vs Man CityChampions League
29/10/23 / 16:30Man Utd vs Man CityPremier League
04/11/23 / 15:00Man City vs BournemouthPremier League
07/11/23 / 20:00Man City vs Young BoysChampions League
12/11/23 / 16:30Chelsea vs Man CityPremier League

Arsenal’s next six matches compared to Man City after Sunday’s victory

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