The master and the apprentice come together to lock horns at The Etihad Stadium on Saturday night.
It will the first clash between the two in Arteta’s first full season in charge at the Emirates.
Man City have made a torrid start to the season with a humiliating 5-2 loss at home against Leicester and then a draw against Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds. They now sit in a lowly 14th position having accrued just four points from their opening three games. Thus, Pep Guardiola would be hoping to turn the sail in Manchester against a resilient Arsenal side.
Arsenal have started the season strongly, with only one loss from their starting six games in all competitions, coming against champions Liverpool. With the addition of Thomas Partey, Mikel Arteta would now be able to field a much stronger squad with greater flexibility.
However, it remains to be seen if the Ghanian will be thrown straight into action against Man City. Whereas, Kevin de Bruyne is a doubt for Man City after leaving Belgium’s camp early, as is Raheem Sterling, who pulled out of England’s squad before the international break began.
The history is with Man City, as Arsenal have failed to beat any top-six side away from home since January 2015. Arteta would be hoping to get a second victory over Guardiola and Arsenal’s first against Man City since December 2015.
My prediction for the game is a 3-1 win for Man City. Even though Arsenal have strengthened the midfield, Man City are too good for them in every aspect. They are on the back of two games where they have lost points, thus I believe City will fire all cylinders against The Gunners to avoid increasing the margin between them and the league leaders.