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Guardiola out to continue incredible record against Emery

8:02 AM GMT 01/02/2019
Man City v Arsenal
The Manchester City manager will be ready to welcome the Arsenal boss with open arms

Across their eleven previous encounters, Pep Guardiola is still yet to lose a game against Unai Emery.

From Spain to England, the current Manchester City coach appears to have a clear upper hand over Emery, who has had his own hands full this season with Arsenal.

The Gunners are clinging to a spot in the Premier League's top four and have shown glimpses of promise in the post-Wenger era but face a huge battle to end Emery's barren streak against Guardiola-coached sides on Monday (AEDT).

While City have themselves stumbled this season and are now five points shy of league leaders Liverpool following their shock 2-1 loss to Newcastle, a game at the Etihad promises an easy path back to the winner's circle for last year's champions.

Since Roberto Firmino’s goal for Liverpool on January 3rd, Manchester City have scored 25 goals without conceding at the Etihad - winning their last four home games by an aggregate score of 24-0.

Arsenal have also struggled at the venue in recent years having won just two of their previous 11 matches there. 

Manchester City have been victorious in their last three Premier League games against Arsenal and haven’t won four consecutive top-flight games against the Gunners since April 1937.

Key to their hopes of a fourth straight win over Arsenal will be striker Sergio Aguero, who scored inside a minute against Newcastle last week.

Aguero has taken a liking to scoring against the Gunners having found the back of the net in seven of his last 11 matches against them.

For Arsenal, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang looms as a crucial figure after he notched up his 25th Premier League goal for the Gunners against Cardiff - a haul he's reached quicker than any other player in the club's history. 

Emery's hopes of a first win against Guardiola might appear rather feint but if he can take a note out of Rafael Benitez's book, a potentially title-defining upset could well be on the cards.

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