CITY TO TAKE THE SPOILS IN THE CAPITAL
The Christmas fixtures were mostly more of the same for the blue half of Manchester. City have taken 9 points out of a possible 12 but as has become the trend this season, the Citizens have been far from convincing. Mancini seems increasingly irked and frustrated either by his players under performance or because he simply cannot find the correct personnel and tactical combination. To me, the side seems to lack identity. The squad has power, skill and solidity in equal abundance but the team never seems to find a way to put it all together at once.
Like City, Arsenal are under performing. For the Gunners though, it is less about the recipe and more about the ingredients. The side are playing their usual fluid, snappy stuff, the side is simply short on quality. Where Arsenal once had Van Persie, they now have Podolski. There used to be Fabregas, now there is Gervinho. Etc. Arsenal are simply not very good at the moment. That is why they are not getting the results their fans desire.
Between two under performing sides I will choose the one with superior quality. City have better players than Arsenal. Even though they are playing under their ability, City have been getting better results than Arsenal as well. I just don't see how the bookies could favor the Gunners here.