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Arsenal vs Manchester City (Premier League): Match Preview, Team News, Head to Head, How to Watch



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Manchester City look to bounce back from a surprising defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers last weekend as they travel to North London to take on Arsenal.

On Wednesday night, Pep Guardiola and his players travelled to east Germany as they took on Marco Rose’s RB Leipzig in their second fixture of the latest UEFA Champions League group stage campaign.

The defending European champions prevailed victorious over the German side via a 1-3 scoreline, with Phil Foden, Julian Alvarez, and Jeremy Doku all finding the back of the net, and helping solidify Manchester City’s lead at the top of the group.

Their last game domestically ended differently as the Sky Blues dropped their first points of the season to Wolves, following an early own goal by Ruben Dias and a second-half counter-attacking effort from Hwang Hee Chan.

On the other side of Sunday’s ticket sits the Gunners, who come into the match off the back of a 2-1 loss to Lens in the UEFA Champions League, after Elye Wahi broke the deadlock in the second half to put the French club ahead.

Fixture Details

Manchester City will take on Arsenal on Sunday 8th October at the Emirates Stadium, with kick-off scheduled for 16:30 BST.

Team News

Pep Guardiola will be without a few key players as they travel to the Emirates, as John Stones works his way back to full match fitness having only made the bench in European competition against RB Leipzig.

Kevin De Bruyne remains ruled out after undergoing surgery on a hamstring problem originally sustained in the 2023 UEFA Champions League final, and aggravated in this season’s Premier League opener against Burnley. The Belgian is not expected back until early 2024.

Defensive midfield mainstay Rodri will serve the final game of his three-game domestic football suspension, after raising both hands towards the neck of Nottingham Forest’s Morgan Gibbs-White and receiving an immediate red card for ‘violent conduct’.

Head to Head

As of late, every fixture between the Red side of London and the Blue side of Manchester has gone the way of the reigning Premier League champions apart from their meeting in this season’s FA Community Shield.

How To Watch

For fans in the United Kingdom, you can view Sunday’s match on Sky Sports.

For fans in the United States, you can view Sunday’s match on Peacock, with kick-off scheduled for 11:30 a.m. EST.

For fans living elsewhere, you can find the complete TV Listings here!

City Xtra will have live coverage of the contest on YouTube via our live Watchalong show!