The top-ranked sides from last season will go head-to-head this Sunday in the season’s most mouth-watering clash. Arsenal and Manchester City have maintained their excellent form from the previous season and are now separated by just one point in the standings.
Man City have only lost one game in the league this season. The defeat came against Wolves last week where Manchester City were thumped 2-1 in Guardiola’s absence on the sidelines. Arsenal, on the other hand, aims to reclaim the top spot in the league table and continue their impressive campaign towards the title.
Manchester City have won their last 12 meetings against the North Londoners and would want to continue their winning streak as they go into the weekend with an ecstatic 3-1 win against RB Leipzig.
When and Where?
Date: October 8, Sunday.
Time: 9:00 pm, IST
Arsenal suffered a huge blow in their 2-1 loss against Lens in the Champions League as they saw their starboy Bukayo Saka limp off in the 35th minute of the midweek encounter. The young winger will probably be out of the fixture which thus gives Manchester City an upper hand leading into the game.
Gabriel Martinelli and Justin Timer are two more notable absentees for the home team.
Manchester City too will have to deal with Rodri’s suspension but they have an equal boost in John Stones coming back to the side who will chip in as a defensive midfielder for his partner.
Arsenal predicted starting lineup: (4-3-3): Aaron Ramsdale; Ben White, Gabriel Magalhaes, William Saliba, Oleksandr Zinchenko; Declan Rice, Martin Odegaard, Thomas Partey; Kai Havertz, Fabio Vieira, Gabriel Jesus.
Manchester City predicted starting lineup: (4-2-3-1): Ederson; Josko Gvardiol, Manuel Akanji, Ruben Dias, Kyle Walker; John Stones, Mateo Kovacic; Phil Foden, Julian Alvarez, Jeremy Doku; Erling Haaland.