Manchester City Opposition Watch: Arsenal

Manchester City returned to winning ways with a 3-1 win over RB Leipzig in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday evening. It was a quality performance from Pep Guardiola’s side, and a welcome return to form following consecutive losses to Newcastle and Wolves. The treble winners take on Arsenal this Sunday at the Emirates. Up next in Manchester City opposition watch is last season’s title rival Arsenal.

Mikel Arteta’s side currently sit third on the Premier League table. They’re unbeaten in their opening 7 games with 5 wins and 2 draws so far this season. They do however head into the match against City on the back of a loss. Arsenal went down 2-1 to Lens in the Champions League on Tuesday. The result was a shock considering the Gunners start to the new season.

Arsenal have come out this season determined to go one better than last season’s runners-up finish. With the addition of Declan Rice, they strengthened their midfield with the goal of overtaking Pep Guardiola’s side. The England international has slotted straight into the Gunners midfield seamlessly since making the big-money move from West Ham in the summer.

On the injury front, Arsenal have several concerns. Bakayo Saka limped off in the first half of their loss to Lens. reports that his injury isn’t as bad as first feared, but it is unknown if he will get up in time to face City. Gabriel Martinelli is another key Arsenal winger who may miss the match against City. The winger went off injured against Everton and hasn’t returned at this stage. Both players are key parts of the Arsenal attack, so the Gunners will be hopeful of both playing on Sunday.

A mouthwatering contest awaits at the Emirates between last season’s top two. Arsenal will be keen to send City a message in front of their home fans after falling three times to the champions last season.

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