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Arteta has ‘very clear idea’ of Man City aims ahead of Arsenal visit

Mikel Arteta

Manchester City assistant manager Mikel Arteta (right) with manager Pep Guardiola before the game Manchester City v Shakhtar Donetsk - UEFA Champions League - Group C - Etihad Stadium 26-11-2019 . (Photo by Nick Potts/EMPICS/PA Images via Getty Images)

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Does Mikel Arteta have the upper hand on Pep Guardiola?

Arsenal’s boss certainly doesn’t have the resume or reputation of Man City’s wizard, but Arteta will enter Wednesday’s match with plenty of information.

Arteta, of course, sat next to Guardiola for years at Man City before leaving mid-season to take the manager’s job at Arsenal.

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It’s fair to say that Arteta has a bigger book on what Guardiola will attempt at the Etihad Stadium than the other way around.

“It gives me a very clear idea of what they are trying to do, what they will be looking to do but it’s something different to be able to stop that and as well create the issues that I think we can create for them,” Arteta said, via Football.London. “That has to happen on the day, when they are at their best, we know what they are capable of doing, the variation they have. At the end of the day, it’s about the players on the pitch and their performance.”

A win from the Gunners would really improve their unlikely top four stock while weakening Man City’s hold on second place.

Arsenal definitely has the attacking firepower to challenge Man City’s suspect back line, and Arteta will know the pressure points as well as anyone. He’ll know what Guardiola most fears from his men, too.

That said, Guardiola will know what Arteta knows and, at the risk of making this too convoluted, might have some surprises in store not unlike the Gabriel Jesus at left mid he deployed versus Real Madrid.

How surprised would you be by an Arsenal win at the Etihad?

TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
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Manchester City2818376831379-2-29-1-557
Leicester City2916585828309-3-37-2-553
Chelsea2914695139127-3-57-3-448
Manchester United2912984430148-5-24-4-645
Wolves2910136413475-7-35-6-343
Sheffield United2811107302557-3-54-7-243
Tottenham Hotspur2911810474078-2-43-6-641
Arsenal289136403647-5-32-8-340
Burnley29116123440-67-2-64-4-639
Crystal Palace29109102632-66-4-54-5-539
Everton29107123746-97-4-33-3-937
Newcastle United2998122541-165-6-34-2-935
Southampton29104153552-174-2-96-2-634
Brighton & Hove Albion29611123240-84-6-42-5-829
West Ham United2976163550-154-3-73-3-927
Watford2969142744-174-5-52-4-927


Bournemouth2976162947-184-5-53-1-1127
Aston Villa2874173456-225-2-62-2-1125
Norwich City2956182552-274-3-71-3-1121u

TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
Liverpool29271166214515-0-012-1-182
Manchester City2818376831379-2-29-1-557
Leicester City2916585828309-3-37-2-553
Chelsea2914695139127-3-57-3-448
Manchester United2912984430148-5-24-4-645
Wolves2910136413475-7-35-6-343
Sheffield United2811107302557-3-54-7-243
Tottenham Hotspur2911810474078-2-43-6-641
Arsenal289136403647-5-32-8-340
Burnley29116123440-67-2-64-4-639
Crystal Palace29109102632-66-4-54-5-539
Everton29107123746-97-4-33-3-937
Newcastle United2998122541-165-6-34-2-935
Southampton29104153552-174-2-96-2-634
Brighton & Hove Albion29611123240-84-6-42-5-829
West Ham United2976163550-154-3-73-3-927
Watford2969142744-174-5-52-4-927


Bournemouth2976162947-184-5-53-1-1127
Aston Villa2874173456-225-2-62-2-1125
Norwich City2956182552-274-3-71-3-1121