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Arsenal vs Manchester City (FA Community Shield): Match Preview, Teams News, Head to Head, How To Watch 



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Manchester City begin their 2023/24 campaign at Wembley Stadium against Arsenal in the FA Community Shield on Sunday afternoon. 

The treble-winners will face Arsenal in the annual season curtain-raiser in the capital, with Pep Guardiola’s side bidding to win the first of potentially six trophies, this weekend. 

As well as looking to win the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League again, Manchester City will have the chance to win both the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup for the first time in the club’s history. 

City suffered defeat to Liverpool at the King Power Stadium in the Community Shield last season, and haven’t won the trophy since a win over the Merseyside club back in 2019. 

Manchester City will be competing in the fixture for the fifth time in six years on Sunday, and the Blues will be hoping to extend their impressive winning streak over the Gunners. 

Guardiola’s side beat Arsenal on three occasions last season, and have won 15 of the previous 16 meetings between last season’s Premier League top two.

Croatian duo Mateo Kovacic and Josko Gvardiol have both moved to the Etihad Stadium this summer, with the latter completing a £77.6 million transfer from RB Leipzig on Saturday. 

Kovacic, who signed from Chelsea, has featured throughout pre-season for Manchester City, and could make his competitive debut on Sunday afternoon.  

Ahead of the FA Community Shield clash at Wembley Stadium, here is everything you need to know! 

Fixture Details 

Arsenal vs Manchester City in the 2023 FA Community Shield will take place on Sunday 6th August at Wembley Stadium, kicking off at 16:00 BST. 

Team News

Newly announced signing Josko Gvardiol is not expected to feature against Arsenal in the FA Community Shield on Sunday. 

Kevin De Bruyne, who was set to miss the start of the season due to a hamstring injury, trained with the Manchester City first-team on Friday ahead of the match. 

Nathan Ake penned a new long-term deal last weekend, and despite suffering a knock against Bayern Munich in Tokyo, the Dutch defender is expected to be in contention to feature against the Gunners. 

Head To Head 

Arsenal’s only two wins against Manchester City since 2015 have come at Wembley Stadium, with the Gunners having beaten the Blues in the FA Cup in both 2017 and 2015. 

City won last season’s three clashes by an aggregate score of 8-2, and of the 208 matches between the two teams; Manchester City have won 65, drawn 45 and lost 98 games. 

Kevin De Bruyne has scored eight goals against Arsenal, with only Sergio Aguero (11) having netted more times against the North London club. 

How To Watch 

Supporters in the United Kingdom will be able to watch Sunday’s clash from Wembley Stadium live on ITV1 and ITVX. 

For fans living elsewhere, you can find complete TV listings here

You can also join Lewis and Jordan from the City Xtra YouTube channel live pre-match, throughout the game and post-match, along with thousands of other Manchester City fans from around the world, with the live watchalong!