Master and apprentice meet in the Premier League this weekend when Manchester City host Arsenal on Saturday (5:30pm kick-off).
Man City XI: Ederson; Walker, Dias, Ake, Cancelo; Rodrigo, Foden, Bernardo; Mahrez, Aguero, Sterling.
Arsenal XI: Leno; Bellerin, Holding, Gabriel, Tierney; Saka, Xhaka, Ceballos; Willian, Aubameyang, Pepe.
Where to watch Man City vs Arsenal on TV:
- UK: Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Premier League
- US: NBC
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Man City vs Arsenal build-up, pre-match team news & previous line-ups:
This time last season Mikel Arteta was still assistant to Pep Guardiola at Man City, but he returns to the Etihad in charge of Arsenal and ahead of his former side in the table.
Arsenal are currently fourth, having won three of their opening four games, losing only to Liverpool in a close game at Anfield at the end of September. But while Arsenal have enjoyed their season so far, Man City have certainly not.
Guardiola’s side go into this weekend in 14th with four points from their opening three games, including a heavy defeat to Leicester City and a draw with Leeds United before the international break.
But Man City have a good recent record against Arsenal, unbeaten in their last nine Premier League meetings with the Gunners, winning seven and drawing two, including six consecutive victories.
- Man City (vs Leeds United): Ederson; Walker, Dias, Laporte, Mendy; Foden, Rodri, De Bruyne*; Torres, Mahrez, Sterling*.
- Arsenal (vs Sheffield United): Leno; Bellerin, Luiz, Gabriel, Tierney*; Saka, Ceballos, Elneny; Willian, Nketiah, Aubameyang.
Man City will definitely be without Kevin De Bruyne, after the Belgian suffered an injury in his nation’s game with England over the international break. Raheem Sterling is also a doubt having withdrawn from the England squad before a ball was kicked. Sergio Aguero could make the matchday squad, though.
Arsenal, meanwhile, are waiting to hear about the availability of Kieran Tierney but he is expected to play, while new signing Thomas Partey could also feature. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang appears to have recovered from an ankle injury in other positive news for Arteta.
Players to watch:
- Man City: With Kevin De Bruyne injured, Man City are missing the creative hub of the team, and the likes of Riyad Mahrez will have to step up, especially if Sterling also misses out. Mahrez has been directly involved in two Premier League goals so far this season, both scoring and recording an assist in the 5-2 defeat to Leicester. He is Man City’s third-most creative player in the Premier League this season, carving out five chances so far for his teammates, which pales in comparison to De Bruyne’s 14. However, the Algerian played as a striker against Leeds in Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero’s absence, and he is likely to start there once again this weekend. A less than orthodox pick through the middle, Mahrez’s understanding with his attacking teammates will be key for Guardiola.
- Arsenal: If Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is fit to feature against Man City (which now looks likely), then the Gabon international will hope to be at the heart of a positive Arsenal performance. Aubameyang has not had the best start to the 2020/21 campaign by his high standards, struggling to show off his killer instinct in front of goal. After finding the net in the opening game against Fulham, Aubameyang has gone three games without scoring, while also adding one assist during that run. Although it is certainly not time to panic, Aubameyang will definitely want to get back on the scoresheet sooner rather than later. And what better team to do that against than Man City. Aubameyang was the hero in Arsenal’s FA Cup semi-final against the Citizens last season, scoring both goals in a 2-0 win, but he is also yet to score against them in 450 minutes in the Premier League, his worst record against any team.