Premier League Picks: Manchester City v Arsenal
Premier League soccer is back and we're set for a display of attacking soccer at the Etihad as Manchester City welcome Arsenal.
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If we've learned one thing since soccer restarted it's that quality really tells. Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund have been at their fluid best since returning and have shown that fears that teams would be rusty are incorrect.
The break may actually have done City good and given them time for a break and to reasses their season goals, with a defense of their league title all but gone.
They'll be at their attacking best against an Arsenal team that's only shone in stages since former Man City assistant Mikel Arteta returned to London as their manager. I was very tempted to take Man City with a two goal handicap, available at a best price of +240 but decided to play it safer and go for -1 goal at -105, which looks inevitable for a team who've scored 68 goals this term, even more than almost-Champions Liverpool.
The Swiss international has earned a bit of a reputation in North London as a rash tackler and has picked up 7 yellow cards in just 22 Premier League games this season, averaging at roughly one every three games. Across his entire spell at Arsenal he's picked up a huge 32 yellows and 2 red cards in his 121 games.
With a history like that it makes him worth keeping an eye on ahead of a game where he's likely to be De Bruyne, Gundogan and Rodrigo, in addition to City's attacking trident of Aguero, Sterling and Mahrez. You could easily see the Arsenal midfield getting overrun, leading to Xhaka picking up a booking for a late tackle.