Opta Stats: Arsenal v Manchester City

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.
Will Pep Guardiola have the answers when Manchester City travel to Arsenal?
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The reigning Premier League champions Manchester City begin the defence of their title with a trip to Arsenal. Opta presents the statistical analysis.

"Manchester City are unbeaten in their last nine opening Premier League fixtures (W8 D1), winning the last seven in a row."

They are [1.97] to win.

Manchester City are unbeaten in their last nine opening Premier League fixtures (W8 D1), winning the last seven in a row. They are [1.97] to win.

Arsenal are without a victory in their last five league meetings with Manchester City (D2 L3), and have won just two of their last 12 against the Citizens (D5 L5). The draw is [3.95].

At the Emirates, Arsenal have enjoyed just one win in their last six league clashes with Man City (D3 L2). City are [1.47] in the Draw No Bet market.

This will be the first time Arsenal and Man City have met on the opening day of the season since 1994-95, when the Gunners won 3-0 at Highbury under George Graham. Arsenal are [4.1] to roll back the years.

The reigning Premier League champions have lost their opening game in each of the last two campaigns - this has never happened in three consecutive seasons in English top-flight history. Arsenal are [3.05] in the Draw No Bet market.

Arsenal have received six red cards in Premier League opening weekend fixtures, more than any other side. The odds of there being a sending off in the match are [5.5].

Manchester City have won 17 of their last 20 away Premier League games (D2 L1), including the last six in a row. They are [2.98] to win half-time/full-time.

Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored 149 top-flight league goals (98 at Borussia Dortmund, 37 at St Etienne, 10 at Arsenal, 2 at Monaco and 2 at Lille). Since his debut in the big 5 European leagues in August 2009, only eight players have scored more than the Gabonese forward. Aubameyang is [2.6] to score.

Pep Guardiola and Unai Emery met 10 times in all competitions during their spells in Spain, with Guardiola never losing in those meetings (W6 D4 L0). The draw half-time/Manchester City full-time double result is [5.0].

Including caretakers, four of the last five managers to take charge of Arsenal have won their first league game at the helm, with the exception being Bruce Rioch (1-1 vs Middlesbrough in August 1995). Arsenal are [2.02] in the Double Chance market.

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