Arsenal v Manchester City – October 17, 2020
The club City was founded in 1880, 139 years ago as St. Mark’s (West Gorton). And on 16 April 1894, 124 years ago, it became Manchester City.
They won their first major honour with the FA Cup in 1904. The club won the First Division title for the first time in 1937, but were relegated the following season, despite scoring more goals than any other team in the division.
Inspired by a tactical system known as the Revie Plan they reached consecutive FA Cup finals in 1955 and 1956. They lost in 1955 to Newcastle United but they won the second, the 1956 final, in which they beat Birmingham City 3–1. It is one of the most famous finals of all-time, and is remembered for City goalkeeper Bert Trautmann continuing to play on after unknowingly breaking his neck.
They had a period of success in the late 1960s, winning the League, FA Cup and League Cup under the management of Joe Mercer and Malcolm Allison. After losing the 1981 FA Cup Final, the club went through a period of decline, culminating in relegation to the third tier of English football.
Pep Guardiola, former manager of Barcelona and Bayern Munich, is the current manager, who has been in charge since the dismissal of Pellegrini in 2016. Under Guardiola, Manchester City won the 2017–18 Premier League title with the highest points total in Premier League history and broke numerous other club and English league records along the way. They also won the EFL Cup that year and Sergio Agüero became the club’s all time leading goalscorer.
Guardiola then guided the club in 2018–19 to retain their Premier League and EFL Cup titles; the first time in Manchester City’s history that the club had completed any successful title defence. The team then went on to also win the FA Cup and so complete an unprecedented treble of English domestic men’s titles. In 2020, UEFA banned the club from European competition for two seasons for alleged breaches of the UEFA Financial Fair Play Regulations; the club appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, who overturned the ban within months, finding that some allegations were above the five-years-old limit for such UEFA investigations, while the other allegations were unproven. However, CAS fined the club 10 million euros for failing to produce significant amounts of evidence to UEFA in an obstruction of the investigation.
In reviewing the history of their excursions through the various divisions of English football it became apparent that in order to detail them I would need to write a book – instead I created a spreadsheet (surprise, surprise).
|Man City League History|
|1892–1899 Division 2|
|1899–1902 Division 1|
|1902–1903 Division 2|
|1903–1909 Division 1|
|1909–1910 Division 2|
|1910–1926 Division 1|
|1926–1928 Division 2|
|1928–1938 Division 1|
|1938–1947 Division 2|
|1947–1950 Division 1|
|1950–1951 Division 2|
|1951–1963 Division 1|
|1963–1966 Division 2|
|1966–1983 Division 1|
|1983–1985 Division 2|
|1985–1987 Division 1|
|1987–1989 Division 2|
|1989–1992 Division 1|
|1996–1998 Division 1|
|1998–1999 Division 2|
|1999–2000 Division 1|
|2001–2002 Division 1|
Manchester City Club Honours
Division 1 Winners (2): 1936–37, 1967–68
Premier League Winners (4) 2011–12, 2013–14, 2017–18, 2018–19
Winners (6): 1903–04, 1933–34, 1955–56, 1968–69, 2010–11, 2018–19
Football League Cup / EFL Cup
Winners (7): 1969–70, 1975–76, 2013–14, 2015–16, 2017–18, 2018–19, 2019–20
FA Charity Shield / FA Community Shield
Winners (6): 1937, 1968, 1972, 2012, 2018, 2019
European / UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup
Winners (1): 1969–70
League and EFL Cup (2): 2013–14, 2017–18
EFL Cup and UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup (1): 1969–70
Domestic Treble (League, FA Cup, and EFL Cup) (1): 2018–19
Our Premier league record is deceiving as even though we hold the superior record away to Manchester City we have not beaten them since Januray 18th, 2015. and have been outscored 13 to 5 since our last win.
|Arsenal v Man C EPL Away Results|
|Arsenal v Man C – All Away Results|
Our best hope of gaining a result would appear to be the “Arteta effect”.
TA’s Preferred Lineup
I will probably do a predicted line up post tomorrow, based on injury updates etc, but below is my ideal formation/ line-up to beat the Northern Oilers:
What is your ideal lineup tomorrow?