- Arsenal vs Man City will highlight Sunday’s action in the English Premier League.
- The match will kick off at 1830EAT.
- The two sides are only separated by one point after seven rounds played so far.
Arsenal will be seeking to maintain their unbeaten run in the 2023/2024 English Premier League when they welcome leaders Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday October 8.
Having lost three vital points in the UEFA Champions earlier this week in their painful 2-1 defeat to RC Lens, the Mikel Arteta coached side will be hoping to bounce back against their main title rivals.
Unlike Arsenal, Manchester City won their Champions League group match beating Germany-based side RB Leipzig 3-1 with their new signing Jeremy Doku getting on the scoresheet.
Manchester City is not an easy side and Arteta knows that having spent three years working under Pep Guardiola at the club.
In their last Premier League matches, Manchester City succumbed to a shock 2-1 defeat to Wolves while the Gunners hammered Bournemouth 4-0.
One point separates Arsenal and Manchester City going into the match hence the players will not only be playing for the bragging rights but also a chance to top the standings.
Here is everything you need to know ahead of the eagerly anticipated clash.
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What time does Arsenal vs Man City start?
The match is set to kick off at 18:30 pm Kenyan time on Sunday and will be staged at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal vs Man City team news
Having been forced off the pitch against Lens and Bournemouth, Arsenal star boy Bukayo Saka is a doubt for the game although the club has not made any communication regarding the extent of the 22-year-old’s injury.
Should Saka miss the mouth-watering encounter, Portuguese international Fabio Viera and Hale End academy graduate Reiss Nelson are likely to be his possible replacements.
Viera scored the winning penalty in the Community Shield clash between the two teams and has been impressive so far this season, doing everything right when Arteta called on him.
Arsenal midfield could also get a boost with the return of Thomas Partey who started on the bench against Lens.
However, Arteta will be without the services of star winger Gabriel Martinelli and Jurrien Timber who are both recovering from injuries.
Similar to Arsenal, Manchester City will also miss some of their key players. Their midfield maestro Rodri will not feature due to suspension while Kevin de Bruyne continues to nurse a severe hamstring injury.
Pep Guardiola has also revealed that the Arsenal match might have come just too soon for England defender John Stones.
Arsenal Possible Starting Lineup
Raya, Gabriel, Saliba, White, Zinchenko, Rice, Partey, Odegard, Trossard, Jesus, Nketiah
Manchester City Possible Starting Lineup
Ederson, Grvadiol, Dias, Walker, Ake, Kovacic, Nunes, Foden, Alvarez, Doku, Haaland
Arsenal vs Manchester City head-to-head
Arsenal and Manchester City have played each other 52 times in the Premier League. The Gunners have triumphed 23 times while City have won 19 matches.
However, Manchester City have dominated this fixture in the last decade, registering 12 consecutive Premier League wins.
In addition, the Gunners have not picked a single clean sheet in the last 16 topflight matches against the title holders.
Mikel Arteta has also not beaten his former employees in a league match since joining Arsenal.
Arsenal vs Man City Premier League Head-to-head Record
Games played: 52
Manchester City wins: 19
Arsenal wins: 23
Arsenal vs Man City Current Form
Arsenal have recorded one defeat in their last five matches, losing 2-1 to Lens a few days ago in the Champions League.
However, in the Premier League, they remain the only two clubs without a defeat this season alongside their arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur having won five matches and drawing the other two.
Manchester City on the other hand are top of the table having lost only one match and could lose two consecutive games since December 2018 should Arsenal beat them.
They suffered their first defeat over the weekend when a rejuvenated Wolves side humbled them at the Molineux Stadium. The match ended 2-1 with Wolves finding the back of the net in each half.
Manchester City: WWWLW
Arsenal vs Man City Prediction
Although Manchester City have dominated this fixture for long, Arsenal have what it takes to go toe to toe with the Cityzens having taken their lessons from last season.
However, the match promises to be one with a lot of goals since both teams play attacking football.
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