Mark Lawrenson is predicting that Manchester Metropolis will ease to a 3-0 victory over Arsenal at The Emirates on New Yr’s Day.
The Residents had been 1-0 winners towards Brentford on Wednesday evening to determine an eight-point lead on the high of the Premier League desk.
Pep Guardiola’s males are in a robust place because of a 10-game profitable run within the Premier League since a 2-0 loss to Crystal Palace again in October.
Manchester Metropolis have scored 18 occasions of their final 4 top-flight fixtures forward of their journey to north London on Saturday afternoon.
Arsenal are at present in fourth place and 4 factors forward of their closest rivals West Ham United and Manchester United within the race to safe a spot within the Champions League.
The Gunners have gained their final 4 Premier League video games to bounce again impressively from a troublesome run forward of the festive schedule.
Mikel Arteta’s aspect have crushed Southampton, West Ham, Leeds United and Norwich to construct spectacular momentum heading into the New Yr.
Nonetheless, BBC Sport pundit Lawrenson believes Manchester Metropolis will safe an easy 3-0 win over Arsenal at The Emirates on New Yr’s Day.
“As a lot as Arsenal have improved, and nearly as good as their dwelling file is – solely Manchester Metropolis’s is healthier this season – there’s nonetheless an enormous gulf between these two sides,” Lawrenson informed BBC Sport.
“The distinction is just not going to be as huge because it was when Metropolis beat the Gunners 5-0 at Etihad Stadium in August, however taking over the leaders is a heck of an ask for Arsenal’s younger aspect.
“After I take a look at how Metropolis have been enjoying throughout their run of 10 straight league wins, I can solely assume that is going to be victory quantity 11.”
Manchester Metropolis have gained their final 4 conferences towards Arsenal, together with a victory over the Gunners within the League Cup.
Arsenal’s solely victory of their final six video games towards Manchester Metropolis was a 2-0 win within the FA Cup semi-final.
The Gunners shall be with out Arteta for the Premier League conflict after the Spanish head coach examined optimistic for Covid-19.
Arteta challenged his Arsenal squad to proceed to enhance after their emphatic 5-0 win over Norwich on Boxing Day.
“It’s nonetheless an extended lengthy season to go forward with numerous unpredictable issues most likely which are going to occur, however we’re there [in the top four],” Arteta informed Arsenal’s website.
“We need to proceed that and we need to proceed enhancing and enjoying higher and higher after which let’s see the place we get.
“I insist the higher that we play, the higher that we perceive the areas, how we have now to assault, the motion, the timing, the cohesion and the execution turns into higher since you get in a a lot better place while you enter the ultimate third.
“When that occurs and you’ve got a transparent concept of how you can assault these conditions and targets or purpose conditions will come. Then it can come all the way down to the effectiveness of the gamers of their determination making.”