Arsenal vs Man City: Premier League Match Preview, Predicted Line-ups and Fantasy XI

Mikel Arteta is ready to test his wits against Pep Guardiola in a mammoth clash between Arsenal and Manchester City that could determine the direction of the title.
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Arsenal vs Man City is next as a mouth-watering showdown between the two title rivals was postponed back in September.

Arsenal vs Man City: Match Preview:

Arsenal and Manchester City face off on Wednesday in a game which will have big implications on the Premier League title race.

The Gunners have led the table since early November as they look to win their first league crown in almost two decades, while City are attempting to win their fifth in six years amid a string of charges over alleged Financial Fair Play violations.

Arsenal remain favourites for the title but both teams have faltered in recent weeks, and question marks over Erling Haaland's fitness only adds further intrigue to the game.

Team News:

Arsenal:

Arsenal have no fresh injury concerns as they prepare for their toughest test to date, with Emile Smith Rowe and Gabriel Jesus working on their fitness but highly unlikely to feature.

Mikel Arteta has a decision to make over Gabriel Martinelli's starting spot after a string of underwhelming performances since the turn of the year. Leandro Trossard replaced him against Brentford and promptly scored.

Man City:

Erling Haaland has been spotted in training ahead of the game in a major boost for City, with the striker having come off injured against Aston Villa but Pep Guardiola has refused to comment on his star striker's fitness.

John Stones remains injured for the next few weeks and Nathan Ake was rested from the starting line-up against Villa so should come back in.

Arsenal vs Man City: Head to Head:

rsenal have an impressive record against Manchester City and have won 98 out of the 206 matches played between the two teams, as opposed to Manchester City's 63 victories.

Arsenal have lost their last 10 matches against Manchester City in the Premier League – their longest such run against a single opponent in league history.

Manchester City have won their last six Premier League away games against Arsenal – as many victories as they had managed in the 61 such matches preceding this run.

Manchester City are the only team Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has failed to defeat in the Premier League – they have played five league games against the Cityzens under his tutelage.

Arsenal have lost their last eight matches against the reigning champions in the Premier League and have conceded at least two goals in each of these games.

Predicted Line-ups:

Arsenal Probable Lineup (4-3-3): Ramsdale; Ben White, Saliba, Gabriel Magalhaes, Zinchenko; Odegaard, Partey, Xhaka; Saka, Nketiah, Martinelli

Man City Probable Lineup (3-2-4-1): Ederson; Walker, Laporte, Ake; Rodri, Silva; Mahrez, De Bruyne, Gundogan, Grealish; Haaland

Key Stats

  • Arsenal have scored just two goals in their last nine Premier League matches against Manchester City.
  • The last time Arsenal scored first and lost in the Premier League was against Manchestser City at the Emirates in January 2022.
  • Arsenal are undefeated in 14 of their last 15 matches in the Premier League.
  • Manchester City have won their last 6 matches against Arsenal in all competitions.
  • Manchester City have lost their last two Premier League away matches and their last three in all competitions.

ARS vs MCI: Fantasy XI

Ramsdale; Ben White, Saliba, Walker, Odegaard, Partey, De Bruyne, Saka, Martinelli, Haaland.

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