The defending champions host the Gunners as a high-profile lunchtime clash at the Etihad kicks off another bumper Premier League weekend before the first international break.
Arsenal head north looking to avoid a run of three successive league defeats to open a season for the first time since 1954/55, with listless losses to London rivals Brentford and Chelsea having piled the pressure on manager Mikel Arteta.
While Arsenal did bounce back by thrashing a young West Brom team 6-0 in the Carabao Cup in midweek, they have a pitiful recent record against Man City – losing each of their last eight league meetings.
Today’s hosts, meanwhile, are hurting on the transfer front after missing out on blockbuster deals for Harry Kane and Cristiano Ronaldo in a matter of days.
However, Pep Guardiola’s City still boast plenty of firepower and will be favourites to extend their 11-match unbeaten run against Arsenal, having bounced back from a tricky start to 2021/22 by thumping newly-promoted Norwich last weekend.
Follow Man City vs Arsenal LIVE with Standard Sport’s blog below and Simon Collings at the Etihad…
Man City vs Arsenal prediction
It almost feels as if Arsenal’s season will not get going until after the international break and it is difficult to see them upsetting the champions on their own patch.
Arsenal team news: Saka shakes off knee issue
Arsenal have been boosted this afternoon by the availability of Bukayo Saka, who is expected to play despite suffering a knock to his knee against West Brom on Wednesday.
£50million defender Ben White is being monitored after missing two matches following a positive Covid-19 test, but Eddie Nketiah and Thomas Partey (both ankle) remain sidelined, while Gabriel got an outing for the Under-23s against Tottenham on Friday as he closes in on a return from a knee injury.
Hector Bellerin could be fit to feature after a thigh problem.
Man City team news: De Bruyne and Foden still out
Man City remain without reigning PFA Player of the Year Kevin De Bruyne, who featured as a late substitute in the opening day defeat by Tottenham but has since been ruled out again with the lingering ankle injury sustained with Belgium at Euro 2020.
Fellow playmaker Phil Foden, meanwhile, is not expected to return from the foot issue he suffered with England over the summer until after the upcoming international break.
How to watch Man City vs Arsenal
TV channel: The match will be televised live on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate, with coverage beginning at 11:30am.
Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the website BT Sport app.
Date, kick-off time and venue
Man City vs Arsenal is scheduled for a 12:30pm BST kick-off today – Saturday, August 28, 2021.
The match will be held at the Etihad Stadium, where statues to club legends Vincent Kompany and David Silva have now been unveiled.
Welcome to Man City vs Arsenal LIVE coverage!
Good morning and welcome to Standard Sport’s latest LIVE Premier League coverage as a bumper weekend of action begins with a heavyweight clash between Manchester City and Arsenal at the Etihad.
City will be looking to shake off the significant disappointment of missing out on high-profile deals for Harry Kane and Cristiano Ronaldo last week and build on last week’s 5-0 demolition of newly-promoted Norwich, which came on the back of defeat to Tottenham and in the Community Shield against Leicester.
Listless losses to Brentford and Chelsea have only piled the pressure on Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta, who did gain some much-needed respite at The Hawthorns on Wednesday as captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang notched a hat-trick in a 6-0 demolition of young West Brom in the second round of the Carabao Cup.
However, the Gunners’ recent record against City is woeful to put it mildly and they face a huge task to avoid losing their first three league matches of a season for the first time since 1954/55.
Stay tuned for match build-up, latest team news and live updates, with Simon Collings in attendance at the Etihad!
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