Manchester City versus Arsenal: If his name wasn't Pep Guardiola, he'd be under pressure

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola

Watch HITC Sport's preview as Arsenal travel to face Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium this Sunday.

Two managerial heavyweights will collide this weekend when Manchester City host Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday. But with their two teams well adrift of Premier League leaders Chelsea, is it their reputations that are saving Arsene Wenger and Pep Guardiola?

HITC Sport's Michael Ramsey and James Rutherford have been discussing the state of both teams going into Sunday's mouthwatering contest...

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger before the matchArsenal manager Arsene Wenger

"The Arsenal train has been halted... to no one's surprise," HITC's James suggests following the Gunners' defeat to Everton in midweek.

"If his name wasn't Pep Guardiola, he'd be under pressure," Michael adds, as the Citizens look to move themselves above their current position of fourth in the table.

With both teams at least two wins adrift of the table's summit, Sunday's clash could perhaps have a major say as to whether either will be capable of putting Antonio Conte's men under pressure.

City go into the game off the back of a poor run of form. Despite winning their most recent game against Watford, they had lost their previous two in the top flight and only sealed the victory over the Hornets in the final few minutes. 

Manchester City manager Pep GuardiolaManchester City manager Pep Guardiola

Meanwhile, Arsenal's recent form would have certainly looked the better on paper before this week. Wenger's side had not lost in the top flight since the opening day and had won their last three, scoring 11 goals in the process.

However, they had the wind taken out of their sails at Goodison Park as Seamus Coleman and Ashley Williams turned the game around after Alexis Sanchez had given the away side the lead early on. 

Despite neither side necessarily having the most convincing form going into the fixture, both Michael and James were agreed as to where the points will be going.

To find out their thoughts in full, simply watch the preview at the top of the page...

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