The Emirates Stadium will host what ‘looks’ like the final before the October international break.
The Emirates Stadium will host a thrilling clash between home team Arsenal and Pep Guardiola’s Man City. The Gunners saw themselves witness defeat at the hands of Ligue 1 side RC Lens in the end. Mikel Arteta’s side have been unbeaten in all competitions since the start of the season. Now they have to prove a point against a City side who came from behind to lift the Premier League trophy last season.
Despite suffering two back-to-back defeats at the hands of English sides Newcastle United and Wolverhampton Wanderers, The Sky Blues lifted their team’s morale in their latest UEFA Champions League game. On the night of the UCL, the German team RB Leipzig was beaten 3-1 by the stars of Man City. Guardiola will now face his former colleague Arteta for the eleventh time. Arteta assisted Guardiola before joining the Gunners himself as manager.
Injury & Team News for Arsenal vs Man City
Jurrien Timber is the only long-term absentee in the Gunners camp. Gabriel Martinelli must resolve a hamstring problem before making the roster. Thomas Partey was seen as an unused substitute in the 2-1 defeat to RC Lens. Arteta could return him to the starting line-up in this big game. Bukayo Saka remains “in contention” according to Arteta because of this.
Pep Guardiola has already reduced Kevin De Bruyne’s stock after the playmaker suffered a hamstring injury in the opening leg of the 2023-24 Premier League. Another key absentee will be defensive midfielder Rodri. He will be out for the final period of his three-match suspension. Pep ruled out John Stones despite being on the bench against Leipzig.
Arsenal predicted lineup (4-3-3):
Raya (GK); White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Odegaard, Partey, Rice; Jesus, Nketiah, Trossard
Man City predicted lineup (3-2-4-1):
Ederson (GK); Walker, Dias, Gvardiol; Akanji, Phillips; Bernardo, Álvarez, Foden, Grealish; Haaland