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Man City vs Arsenal history, head to head: All-time records, results, matchups, Premier League classics

Arsenal held Manchester City to a goalless draw in their most recent Premier League meeting on March 31, 2014.

Mikel Arteta’s side led the title race for much of last season before being hauled in by Pep Guardiola’s eventual treble-winners. A 4-1 win for City at the Etihad Stadium in April helped to propel them towards glory and left the Gunners feeling like their race was run.

Arsenal have won three Premier League titles, all under Arsene Wenger, and have 13 league titles to their name. Although the Invincibles of the 2003/04 hold a lot of authority, Guardiola has helped write Man City’s name into the history books. 

Gabriel Martinelli’s deflected winner five minutes from time sent Emirates Stadium into raptures back in October 2023 and ended a dismal recent run for Arsenal in this fixture. There was nothing to split them when they met in the return game.

But which side boasts the superior head-to-head record? Here are the details on this matchup.

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Man City vs Arsenal history, head to head

Man City have faced Arsenal 211 times in their history, with their first meeting coming all the way back in 1893 when the two teams were known as Ardwick and Woolwich Arsenal.

Despite Arsenal winning the first three matchups, Man City had a pretty good record against the Gunners. However, Arsenal did improve that as time went on until 2008, when the Abu Dhabi-backed buyout of City changed their fortunes.

Arsenal have won 99 of the 211 meetings and Man City have won 65, with 47 games ending in a draw. That includes the 2023 Community Shield match, which finished 1-1 before the Gunners triumphed on penalties.

Competition/Venue Matches Arsenal wins Man City wins Draws
League 192 88 59 45
FA Cup 6 4 2 0
EFL Cup 10 5 4 1
Community Shield 3 2 0 1

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Man City vs Arsenal in the Premier League

This fixture has provided some iconic moments over the past two decades in particular. This has been due to Man City’s growing dominance as well as a few players moving from one club to the other.

Man City 4-2 Arsenal, September 2009

Man City had been active in the transfer market and bought Emmanuel Adebayor and Kolo Toure from the Gunners. The striker would go onto make headlines when the two sides met early in the campaign.

With City leading 2-1 after a curler from Craig Bellamy, Adebayor doubled their lead with a brilliant header. The striker then caused controversy with his celebration as he ran the length of the pitch before knee-sliding in front of the travelling Arsenal fans.

Some fans threw whatever they could at him because of how the forward reacted. City went onto take all three points with a 4-2 win.

Man City 6-3 Arsenal, December 2013

The Gunners’ frail backline and City’s attacking power was shown in a nine-goal thriller at Etihad Stadium back in the 2013/14 season.

Arsenal did manage to score three in the game, but the hosts kept picking apart and breaching their defence. The likes of David Silva, Yaya Toure, and Sergio Aguero all got on the scoresheet to stop any danger of an Arsenal comeback.

Theo Walcott scored twice in the match while Per Mertesacker also bagged a consolation goal in injury time. It was a game which highlighted the direction each team was going in with their respective hierarchy.

Man City 4-1 Arsenal, April 2023

What had been billed as a battle of title contenders ended up being worryingly one-sided from an Arsenal perspective.

Kevin De Bruyne scored two goals either side of a headed finish from John Stones, putting City in control in less than an hour. Rob Holding got a goal back late on before Erling Haaland struck in injury time to put the gloss on a stunning victory.

Arsenal were still two points above City following the result, but Guardiola’s men had two games in hand on their rivals. They went on to win the title by five points from the Gunners.

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