Manchester City a 'big problem' for Premier League title hopefuls, acknowledges Conte

Manchester City v Arsenal

Even Pep has not been clear about bringing Sanchez to the Etihad, though the move just seems to be inevitable unless the Arsenal manager can really pull off a miracle and convince him to pen down a new deal.

However, ahead of Sunday's meeting between the two sides, Guardiola has cooled the talk, insisting he respects Arsenal and Arsene Wenger.

Pep Guardiola has decided to make two changes to the City side that started the win away to West Bromwich Albion last weekend, with Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero coming into the starting line-up to replace Bernardo Silva and Gabriel Jesus, respectively. Let's just focus on that.

Chelsea were beaten 1-0 by City at Stamford Bridge in September to crank up the pressure against United, but Conte says his players must embrace the challenge of facing the league's elite. Indeed, four wins from four games, a maximum of 12 points and a place in the next round of the Champions League already secured means that had City have beaten Everton all those weeks ago, it would have been a flawless start to the season.

As far as the attack is concerned, star playmakers Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil should start behind record signing Alexandre Lacazette.

A 24th loss against Arsenal would equal City's record number of Premier League defeats against any side.

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City (71%) and Arsenal (65%) have the highest average ball possession in the Premier League this season.

Arsenal finished outside the top four for the first time in 21 years last season and their start to the current campaign was indifferent.

City have won their last 14 games in a row in all competitions. A win could see the hosts momentarily open a nine-point gap at the top given that Manchester United will only play later in the day.

"But if we win the game we will be unbeaten in two months". The Citizens have got their 2017/18 season off to a flyer, and now sit top of the Premier League and their Champions League group after a blistering start to the campaign. Given Ramsey and Xhaka are not defensive specialists, Fernandinho, Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva could have a very good chance of dominating possession and finding passing lanes.

Arsene Wenger is the only manager to have bested Pep Guardiola while he has managed Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester City.

Probability of away win: 14%.

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