Man City vs Arsenal: Line-ups
Set To Be Cagey
Arsenal have looked more like the Man City were are used to seeing than Man City themselves so far this season, and the Gunners know that victory on Saturday would leave them already eight points clear of the former champions.
Arsenal go into the contest having won eight of their last 12 Premier League outings – as many victories as they had achieved in their previous 28 top-flight games.
Man City will have to make do without star man and PFA Player of the Year Kevin De Bruyne, who trudged off during Belgium’s defeat to England at Wembley and subsequently withdrew from the squad for their final Nations League game against Iceland.
Arteta is also hopeful that Kieran Tierney will be available, despite being ordered to self-isolate for two weeks from Tuesday after being in close contact with Scotland teammate Stuart Armstrong, who has tested positive for COVID-19.
City are in poor form themselves too and the visitors will arrive at the Etihad with genuine belief that they can do a job on their hosts, as Leicester did. It is a match which could go either way, particularly with Man City missing so many key players through injury.