Manchester City find themselves in the unfamiliar position of playing catch-up to the Premier League elite ahead of Saturday’s clash against Arsenal, who can take top spot with a win at the Etihad Stadium.
The Citizens know they’ll be without talisman Kevin De Bruyne after the Belgian was injured during the international break, but striker Sergio Aguero could be fit enough to make his first appearance of the campaign, per Sky Sports.
Pep Guardiola’s side suffered a 2-0 defeat to the Gunners when these teams met in last season’s FA Cup semi-finals, a trophy Arsenal would go on to lift after beating Chelsea in the decider.
Speaking ahead of Week 5 in the Premier League slate, Guardiola’s had high praise for his Arsenal counterpart and former assistant, Mikel Arteta, via Football Daily:
What TV Channel is Manchester City-Arsenal on?
Arsenal’s visit to Manchester City will be available via NBC at 12:30 p.m. ET. You can live stream Premier League matches on fuboTV.
The loss of De Bruyne is a hammer blow to the City midfield, while Arsenal could be boosted by the potential debut of Thomas Partey, a deadline-day signing from Atletico Madrid. The north Londoners may also be allowed to welcome left-back Kieran Tierney back into the fold after Sam Dean of the Telegraph wrote Arsenal had succeeded in reducing his period of self-isolation after coming into contact with international team-mate Stuart Armstrong, who had tested positive for COVID-19.
Arsenal may have got the better of City when they collided at Wembley in July, but it’s City who have had the run of luck during their recent Premier League history, per Sky Sports Statto:
How to Watch Manchester City vs. Arsenal
When: Saturday, October 17
Where: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England
Time: 12:30 p.m. ET
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)
Guardiola’s side have posted one win, one draw and one loss from their first three games this season. Although they’ve played one game fewer than most of their peers, a home win on Saturday will only be enough to lift the team—currently 14th—up to an unlikely sixth at best.
The short-term possibilities are far more grand for Arteta & Co., who have a realistic chance of usurping Everton’s perch if they can seal a second win in as many meetings with City, a feat the club hasn’t managed since 2007-08.
Phil Foden is likely to keep his place in City’s XI as De Bruyne watches on from the sidelines, while Fernandinho and Bernardo Silva will be strong contenders to stat.