preview Arsenal v Manchester City prediction

The traditional Premier League curtain-raiser is set to take place at Wembley Stadium on Sunday afternoon, featuring a thrilling clash between Arsenal and Manchester City, with the coveted Community Shield up for grabs.

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preview Arsenal v Manchester City prediction

As the showdown approaches, Manchester City comes off a recent 2-1 defeat to Atletico Madrid in a friendly, while Arsenal successfully retained the Emirates Cup by defeating Monaco.

After Pep Guardiola's triumphant treble-winning season, Arsenal managed to secure a place in the Community Shield as a consolation prize for their second-place finish in the 2022-23 Premier League campaign. Although they faltered towards the end of the season and missed the chance to lift the trophy, Arsenal's league performance exceeded expectations, making them eager to claim silverware in the upcoming match.

Notably, Arsenal recently secured another accolade by defending their friendly Emirates Cup crown in a thrilling penalty-shootout victory against Ligue 1 giants Monaco. With impressive wins against Barcelona and the MLS All-Stars, along with a minor setback against Manchester United, Arsenal now has its sights set on securing a remarkable 17th Community Shield title, placing them second only to Manchester United's 21.

Over the years, Arsenal has developed a winning streak in the Community Shield, triumphing in their last four matches, including a memorable victory against Liverpool on penalties in 2020. Their strong record in the competition stands testament to their love for the event. However, Mikel Arteta is fully aware that his team will assume the underdog position against the formidable Manchester City, despite the Sky Blues' less than perfect preparations for the new season.

Following their historic triple triumph in the 2022-23 season, Manchester City embarked on a tour of Japan and South Korea, experiencing mixed results with a resounding victory over Yokohama F. Marinos but falling short against Atletico Madrid. Despite this minor setback, Manchester City remains eager to secure a seventh Community Shield title, even though they faced disappointment in the last two editions against Leicester City and Liverpool.

The clash between Arsenal and Manchester City is highly anticipated, especially since Arsenal's most recent encounters with the European champions have not been in their favor, with Man City securing eight consecutive wins since the 2019-20 FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley.

Arsenal v Manchester City

Arsenal v Manchester City prediction

Both teams have faced injury concerns ahead of the match, with Arsenal's Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko being unavailable due to injuries. However, Eddie Nketiah and Bukayo Saka are expected to play, and goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale is set to be the first choice in the goalpost. On the other hand, Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne remains sidelined due to a hamstring injury, while Nathan Ake is expected to return, and Mateo Kovacic may make his competitive debut in sky blue.

We predict a close contest, with Manchester City prevailing with a 2-1 victory to add yet another title to their impressive trophy collection.

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