Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola before the match.
Wednesday’s pivotal Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester City could hardly be more ill-timed for the North London side who are winless in consecutive league games for the first time this season.
Arsenal are looking to win the league title for the first time in 19 years, yet approaching a game at the Emirates which has such big implications in the midst of their current slump will be undesirable for manager Mikel Arteta.
His side followed up their unexpected defeat by relegation-threatened Everton with a 1-1 draw with Brentford on Saturday.
The result meant Arsenal slipped to only a three-point advantage over City with a game in hand.
They had 23 shots to Brentford’s nine, but looked uncomfortable and struggled to make any real progress when faced with the opposition’s steely rearguard performance.
A rare saving grace for the Gunners may be seen in January signing Leandro Trossard’s impressive performance as the second-half substitute provided a much needed goal – a performance which could settle any nerves Arteta may have had about his side’s issues in the final third.