While Saturday’s Merseyside Derby may be seen as the game of the weekend by many, Arsenal hosting Manchester City on Sunday afternoon has the potential to be the match of gameweek 30. With top four ambitions having replaced title charges in both camps, neither can afford to slip up at the Emirates Stadium, especially the hosts, who have fallen to sixth in the Premier League.
So Andre Marriner’s appointment is sure to have been one that’s worried Arsene Wenger, with the 46-year-old’s 38.1% away win record this season the third-highest across the division…
A home victory percentage of 42.9 does hint that there remains a good chance the Gunners will get over the line, while even a 19% chance of a draw will appeal to some north Londoners given the club’s recent slide.
Interestingly, Marriner’s 20.3 fouls given-per-game is the lowest of any official in the division this season, suggesting the game will be allowed to flow, while 78 yellow cards and just one red hint that the match will be managed without much fuss.