Another big game Arsenal could struggle to win.
Manchester City host Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium in this weekend’s Premier League action and look good to take another three points off the Gunners, who are serial big-game chokers. Here’s five things to expect from the game, which won’t make great reading for Arsenal fans…
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1) Focus on goalkeepers
The debate rages on about how important a top class goalkeeper is for the big clubs. The unspectacular custodians remain under-rated and unver-valued in the game that is all about goal heroes and skillful attackers, but it is games like this when the difference can easily be illustrated.
Arsenal have not had the best of time with goalkeepers under Arsene Wenger, who did well to sign Jens Lehmann on the cheap back in 2004 but who has never truly replaced him. Wojciech Szczesny could continue to warm the bench for this game after some recent errors, but does backup player David Ospina have what it takes to step up in such a big game? At the other end, the world class Joe Hart has a match-winning save in him and could prove decisive in this tight encounter.