Manchester City need to return to winning ways if they want to keep their slim hopes of defending their Premier League title alive. The Citizens will head to North London this weekend to take on Arsenal. Meanwhile, the Gunners returned to winning ways recently as they managed to go past West Ham United.
However, they are surely not out of the muck yet, and the Citizens can take advantage of that. City are coming into this game on the back of a routine 4-1 win in the UEFA Champions League in mid-week. Arsenal only managed to earn a last gasp draw against Standard Liege on Thursday. The Gunners have lost their last four Premier League meetings with City and Guardiola’s men will go in as the favourites even though they are out of form and will be playing away from home.
Team News: Leroy Sane and Aymeric Laporte continue to be the significant absentees. Sergio Aguero has struggled with a thigh strain in the last few weeks, and he too remains a doubt. David Silva suffered a knock against Manchester United, and he wasn’t involved in the Champions League encounter. He is expected to recover, but it could be touch and go with him.
Ederson missed the midweek clash due to illness, but he should recover by Sunday. John Stones has added more misery to the City backline as the England international is likely going to be unavailable.
Manchester City Predicted Lineup Vs Arsenal
Ederson is likely to recover and feature in between the sticks. City are down to bare bones in defence, and Nicolas Otamendi is expected to start. Fernandinho should partner him in the centre back role. Oleksandr Zinchenko could return to left-back after he made a cameo appearance against Dinamo Zagreb. Kyle Walker will begin at right back.
Spanish international Rodri will slot in the defensive midfield position. We are expecting David Silva to be fit for this encounter so he should feature in midfield. If he misses out, then Phil Foden could get the nod in his place. Kevin De Bruyne will have the onus to open up the already fragile Arsenal defence, and he will complete the midfield three.
Riyad Mahrez has looked more threatening than Bernardo Silva this season, so the Algerian should start on the right flank. Raheem Sterling will feature from the left-wing. Fresh from his hattrick, Gabriel Jesus should lead the line in the absence of Sergio Aguero.
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