Manchester City have won six of their last seven home games in all competitions, drawing once but their success owes little to their first half-showings.
Throughout the campaign the Citizens have struggled to assert themselves on their visitors before the interval, trudging off at the break with their noses in front on just three occasions in 16 home games across all competitions.
Even comfortable scorelines such as the 7-0 Capital One Cup win over Sheffield Wednesday, or the recent 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace have come entirely from goals scored after half-time.
Manuel Pellegrini’s men have now failed to net in three of their last four outings at home.
It’s more than enough to offer Arsenal hope of establishing the kind of foothold in the game that can aid them in avoiding defeat against the champions for the fourth time in their last six meetings.
The Gunners can be backed on the half-time double-chance market at a very decent 1/2.
Even honours at the interval is a 27/20 bet while the visitors are 16/5 to chisel out an advantage by the half-way stage.
Given the north London side’s own recent road-going reticence it may be wiser to steer clear of the latter wager.
Arsenal have lead at the break only once in their last six Premier League away days.
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City are 4/5 favourites in the match betting, with the draw 3/1 and an Arsenal victory 13/4.