The teams to keep home and away clean sheets against a Pep Guardiola side in the same season
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The teams to keep home and away clean sheets against a Pep Guardiola side

Arsenal shutout title rivals Manchester City in the Premier League at the weekend, battling to a goalless draw at the Etihad.

The result ensured Arsenal remain above the defending champions in the title race, after becoming the first team to stop Manchester City from scoring in a home Premier League game since October 2021.

Arsenal have also become only the fourth team to record home and away clean sheets against a Pep Guardiola side in the same league season, after a 1-0 win in north London earlier in the campaign.

We’ve remembered each team to have achieved the feat.

Borussia Monchengladbach – 2014/15

Borussia Monchengladbach were the first team to prevent a Pep Guardiola team from scoring in a league season after recording clean sheets in both meetings with Bayern Munich in 2014/15.

It took until Guardiola’s sixth season as a senior manager for a team to achieve the feat, as Monchengladbach took four points from their two meetings with Bayern and failed to concede a goal.

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After a goalless draw in the first encounter at Borussia-Park, Gladbach pulled off a shock with a 2-0 away win at the champions. Raffael scored both goals in the victory for the visitors, a result that helped Monchengladbach secure Champions League qualification.

Manchester United – 2020/21

Manchester United have slipped into the shadow of their cross-town neighbours across the last decade but earned derby bragging rights during the 2020/21 season.

A goalless draw at Old Trafford saw the Mancunian rivals cancel each other out before the Red Devils pulled off an upset with a 2-0 win at the Etihad.

Bruno Fernandes opened the scoring with a second-minute penalty and Luke Shaw scored the second to end City’s run of 21 consecutive wins in all competitions.

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It was the Citizens who had the last laugh, however, ending the season as Premier League champions.

Crystal Palace – 2021/22

Crystal Palace were the next side to frustrate a Guardiola side in both league fixtures. As had been the case with each of the previous two teams, Guardiola’s men lost the home fixture 2-0 and were held to a goalless stalemate in the return.

The Eagles had won just one of their opening nine Premier League games ahead of their trip to the Etihad, with the expectation that City would sweep aside the struggling visitors.

Wilfried Zaha stunned the home crowd with a sixth-minute opener – his 50th goal in the Premier League for Palace – and things went from bad to worse for City as Aymeric Laporte was sent off on the stroke of half-time.

Conor Gallagher, who had been brought down in the red card incident, sealed the win in the 88th minute to earn Palace a memorable three points.

Arsenal – 2023/24

Are Arsenal good enough to win the Premier League this season? Their performance against Manchester City at the weekend suggests so.

The Gunners did a fine job in frustrating the champions at the Etihad, earning a goalless draw to exorcise the demons of last season’s collapse at the same stadium.

The draw followed a 1-0 win at the Emirates earlier in the campaign, with Arsenal restricting the Citizens to just two shots on target across 180 minutes of Premier League football. Erling Haaland failed to force the goalkeeper into a save in either fixture as William Saliba and Gabriel marshalled the Norwegian.

Saliba, who had missed last season’s defeat at City, was outstanding for Arsenal as he led his teammates for touches (50), possession won (8), duels won (8), clearances (5) and possession won in the middle third (4).

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