The first game of matchday 3 of the English Premier League sees Manchester City host struggling Arsenal at the Emirates.

The first game of matchday 3 of the English Premier League sees Manchester City host struggling Arsenal at the Emirates.

Pep Guardiola’s Man City bounced back from their opening day defeat to Tottenham with a resounding 5-0 thumping of Norwich last weekend.

The three points leaves them in ninth place, 10 above Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal who are deep in the relegation zone.

The Gunners have not won a single match, let alone scored their first goal of the new English Premier League season.

They went down 2-0 to Chelsea at the Emirates last week, before putting on a stellar performance to annihilate West Brom 6-0 in the League Cup on Wednesday.

Not since the 1954-55 season have Arsenal lost their first three games in a top-flight season, but if they are to avoid a similar fate here.

Play here to predict the outcome of this Saturday afternoon fixture.

What time does Man City vs Arsenal start?

The game kicks off at 2:30pm Kenyan time at the Etihad Stadium.

Man City vs Arsenal team news

Arsenal were without a host of first-team players for the defeat by Chelsea but should be back closer to full-strength this weekend.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could make his first league start of the season after his hat-trick at the Hawthorns in midweek.

Martin Odegaard’s visa was sorted in time for him to play an hour against West Brom and should start against City, as well as Emile Smith-Rowe.

Man City remain without Phil Foden, while John Stones is still working his way back to full fitness and Kevin de Bruyne remains a doubt.

Jack Grealish is set to retain his starting spot, with Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling looking to finally get a place in the first XI.

Man City vs Arsenal head to head

Arsenal surprisingly hold the advantage, winning 23 out of the 50 matches played between these two sides.

Eight matches have ended in a draw.

Meanwhile, City have won 19 times – including identical 1-0 victories the last two times they have gone up against the Gunners.

Man City vs Arsenal current form

Arsenal have lost four from their last five matches, winning just once in that dismal run of form. City on the other hand have won three and lost twice in that same run.

Man City vs Arsenal prediction

Despite their great performance in midweek, it is unlikely that Arsenal can get a respectable result from this fixture. Man City are expected to come out on top.

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