Arsenal – Manchester City: Manchester City Sail Forward To Pile Misery on Gunners (1-4)

Arsenal's meeting with Manchester City would be the fourth and final time the master would lock horns with his protégé in 2020. Though Gabriel Martinelli and a change in system looked to counter the heavy blow of City's 4-2-2-2 shape, self-inflicted damage helped consign the hosts to another loss that leaves their teacher more and more concerned about his dismissal. 
Tactical analysis by Emmanuel Adeyemi-Abere.

Joy has turned to despair at the Emirates since the FA Cup triumph as Arsenal's form has deteriorated over the last two months. Bereft of ideas in the final third The one-third of the pitch that is closest to the opposition’s goal. while still shaky in their own, the hosts' lowly position of fifteenth place in the league table has fanned the flames of discontent. Now in the last eight of the Carabao Cup, they were urgently hoping for a win to offer some form of respite.

Despite a jittery start to the year, Manchester City have slowly settled into a groove. With four clean sheets in their last five league games, the defense looks more and more assured. And though they have lacked a ruthless streak in the final third, trips to the Emirates have often proven to be a breeze of the 0-3 variety. Against their beleaguered hosts, they were aiming to cruise to a victory once more.

Mikel Arteta sent out . . .

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