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BBC football expert Mark Lawrenson has announced his prediction for Sunday’s Premier League clash between Arsenal and Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners recently ended a three-game winless streak in the Premier League with a convincing 4-2 win over Leeds United in their home patch.
However, they were disappointing in the Europa League round of 32 first leg against Benfica last night, where they settled for a 1-1 draw.
By contrast, the Cityzens have been in stellar form for the past four months and are currently on an impressive 17-game winning streak across all competitions.
Pep Guardiola’s team recorded a 3-1 league win at Everton midweek and have an unassailable 10-point lead at the top of the standings.
His league record against the Gunners has been exceptional and he has not lost a single point in the last seven games, recording 18 goals.
The Gunners stunned in the FA Cup semi-final last season with a 2-0 win in which Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored in either halftime at Wembley.
Aubameyang is in good scoring form at the moment, but Lawrenson believes the Cityzens will win 3-1 on Sunday with Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero also back.
“Arsenal always seem more dangerous to me when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang plays in the middle, and it is a great boost for them to have him back in the team and score,” he added. he said BBC Sport.
But Manchester City continues to produce victories. Anyway, they are playing very well, and they have Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Agüero on the way back to top form, which will make them even better.
The Gunners currently languish in 10th place in the table and are eight points behind the last Champions League spot held by London rivals Chelsea.
As such, Sunday’s game is a must to keep their slim hopes of being in the top four alive, but the challenge will be tough against the fittest European team at the moment.
The club previously won a league point against the Cityzens in April 2017 and have not defeated them in the top flight since December 2015.
In other news, Gunners manager Mikel Arteta was impressed with Bukayo Saka following the recent draw against Benfica.
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