Cesc Fabregas gives prediction for Manchester City vs Arsenal clash

Manchester City have a crunch top of the table clash with Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

It’s expected to be a difficult clash between two sides fighting for the title.

Former Chelsea and Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas, has said he’s backing an Arsenal victory over Manchester City.

Previewing the clash on the Planet Premier League podcast, Fabregas said he felt City’s injury problems could prove a key factor in this tie.

Fabregas is backing Arsenal to win this game.

“I think Pep [Guardiola] always approaches games with the same perception, the same context. To win the game, he will put an offensive team, whoever it is,” the ex-Arsenal captain said.

“He’s proven as well that he’s giving opportunities to younger players and he’s not afraid to do that. He’s done it everywhere he’s been. I don’t think this will be an issue for him but it will be more in terms of quality and pace at the back.

“I think Walker is such a big asset for them because they can play with such a high line when he’s in and they feel so confident to keep pushing because they know they have two or three machines sprinting back when they don’t have the ball, so this will be interesting.”

Fabregas added: “I think Arsenal have grown so much in the last year with these new two or three additions… they look more solid, they look more mature, their ability to counter-attack, to keep the ball, to defend high, to defend deep. They control a lot of variants now and they are a very, very complete team.

“They know what it takes to beat Man City because they have done that already so it will be a really interesting game and, definitely, it will be a big challenge for Arsenal, especially to see where they are at this point.

“But I think they will surprise people because they are a step higher than everybody thinks.”

Asked for his prediction for the Manchester City vs Arsenal game, Fabregas replied: “I think realistically, and I’m just saying based on what I see and what I feel and the perception that I have from both teams, and the news coming out from injuries and doubts… what I have in my mind is 1-2 to The Arsenal.”

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