Here is our exclusive Manchester City vs Arsenal Match Preview for you. Two of the English giants will face each other in Etihad Stadium. In this context, the former is said to have the high ground but their defense is under question after conceding 6 goals in the last 2 matches. Manchester City had to spend massively in this transfer window behind their defense and this type of performance will not make Pep Guardiola happy.
This match also got a different aspect as Pep’s former student Mikel Arteta will be in the dugout of Arsenal. According to English pundits after two years of grinding with Arsenal Arteta has started to perform according to his potential. It will be interesting to see how he decides to silent the city’s attack. On the other hand, the team from Manchester hasn’t started this campaign as expected. They will be desperate to improve their position in the league table by winning this match.
Team news and Expected lineup
From the Manchester City vs Arsenal Match Preview, we are aware of the present scenario of both the clubs. Let’s jump into the current situation of both the squads.
Manchester City got a huge blow when it was confirmed by the gaffer himself that Kevin de Bruyne will miss Saturday’s Premier League clash against Arsenal. Also, some other players are doubtful for this match including Sergio Aguero. Though he is back into training, he is still doubtful to make into the starting 11 in this crucial league game. The injury list also includes the likes of Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko.
The loss of these players might hurt Manchester City against the London side especially if De Bruyne can’t start. His records against the London club are humongous. He has involved in 7 goals in the last 8 starts against Arsenal. But Pep is unwilling to take any risks with any of these players as any long term injury will be a huge blow for his side. Raheem Sterling also faced some injury issues during his campaign with England but it is said that he is now fully fit and expected to lead the line of attack against the Gunners. Ilkey Gundogan is also available after his injury issues and he is expected to start in place of De Bruyne. Here is the expected lineup of Manchester City
Arsenal has some injury issues in their side. Their main man Pierre Emeric Aubameyang has withdrawn himself from Gabon squad for a sprained ankle.
But he is expected to be fully fit and start against Manchester City. The other players on the injury list are Emile Smith Rowe, Pablo Mari, and Skordan Mustafi who are expected to be fit by the end of this month while Gabriel Martinelli and Calum Chambers are out for a long time. Arteta also had some doubts about the availability of Kieran Tierney after one of the players of the Scotland national side was found to be Coronavirus positive. But it is said that he will complete his isolation and will available for the game. Thomas Partey is also expected to debut in this match for Arsenal. Here is the expected lineup of Arsenal
Recent Form and Records
Manchester City – W W L W D
Arsenal – W W L W W
Head to Head
Manchester City vs Arsenal: 200 Encounters
Total games won by Manchester City – 57
Total games won by Arsenal – 98
Total Games Draw– 45
This is one of the toughest and exciting fixtures of the Premier League. It is very hard to predict this kind of match as each and every player has the potential to turn this tie in a single moment. Both sides are equally balanced and are capable of taking advantage of opponent mistakes. But keeping both strength and recent forms in mind it can be said that the match might end up in a 1-1 draw with both of them performing equally good and are not able to outclass anyone tactically.
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