Arsenal set to travels to Etihad Stadium on Saturday to face Manchester City in the English Premier League clash. Hosts will be looking to bounce back from their disappointing start in the league. This fixture also highlights meetings between former two colleagues Mikel Arteta and Pe Guardiola.
Citizens sit at 14th position in the league table with four points from one win and a draw. Their 2-5 home defeat against Leicester City was enough for them to not consider invincible in the league anymore. They managed to gain a point in their last league fixture against Leeds United before going into October international break.
On another side, Arsenal has started well in the league, sitting in the fourth position. They started with impressive wins over London rivals Fulham and West Ham United in opening two league fixtures. But failed to keep their form against top-six side Liverpool, defeated by 3-1 at Anfield. In their last league fixture, they beat Sheffield United by 2-1 at Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal team is performing very well under the management of Mikel Arteta. He has recently lead them to FA Cup and Community Shield victories, now focusing on a top-four finish in the league this season. Some pundits tipping them for title-challenge to Liverpool and Manchester City after a successful transfer window.
Arsenal enjoyed a great transfer window, with the likes of Thomas Partey and Gabriel Magalhaes coming in. Manchester City also strengthens their squad with two quality centre-backs Ruben Dias and Nathan Ake.
Team News and Injury Update on Arsenal and Manchester City:
Manchester City suffered a blow in Kevin De Bruyne after the Belgian had a minor muscle injury against England in the international break. PFA Player of the Year was then withdrawn from the Belgian squad for their next fixture. De Bruyne has involved in 7 goals in 8 appearances against Arsenal, more than any opponents.
Key forwards Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus are also sidelined but the former can make the bench. Raheem Sterling is a minor doubt for this fixture after getting withdrawn from the English National team due to a hamstring issue.
Arsenal also sweating over the fitness of their key player Aubameyang who injured against Sheffield United. He missed international fixtures with Gabon with an ankle injury but expected to feature against Manchester City.
Kieran Tierney is also a major doubt for Arsenal, Scottish defender came in close contact with teammate Stuart Armstrong who tested positive for the Covid-19 test. The Player has instructed for self-quarantine but Arteta is keen on him playing on Saturday. Transfer deadline day signing Thomas Partey is ready to make his debut for Arsenal.
The12thman Starting Eleven and Prediction:
Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Laporte, Mendy, Rodri, Fernandinho, Foden, Mahrez, Silva, Sterling.
Arsenal: Leno, Luiz, Gabriel, Tierney, Bellerin, Ceballos, Partey, Saka, Willian, Lacazette, Aubameyang.
Arsenal has struggled to show consistency against top-six clubs in recent years. They did beat Manchester City in their recent meet-up in the FA Cup semi-final last season but have a terrible record in league fixtures.
Twelfth Man Times Prediction:
Manchester City 2-1 Arsenal.