Two of the most in-form teams in the Premier League are facing each other on Saturday, as fourth-placed Arsenal are set to host leaders Manchester City at the Emirates.
Having registered five straight wins in all competitions, the Gunners will take on City without Sead Kolasinac, who is out injured, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who has been ostracised after an internal disciplinary issue.
Calum Chambers, Takehiro Tomiyasu and Cedric Soares are all sidelined due to COVID-19, while coach Mikel Arteta has also tested positive and will miss out on the duel against the Sky Blues.
Arsenal Predicted Lineup Vs Manchester City
Aaron Ramsdale; Ben White, Rob Holding, Gabriel Magalhaes, Kieran Tierney; Granit Xhaka, Thomas Partey; Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard, Emile Smith Rowe; Alexandre Lacazette.
Rodri and John Stones missed the game against Brentford and are unlikely to return for this clash. Kyle Walker, however, is in contention to start, having missed Manchester City’s last four games.
Joao Cancelo has travelled with the squad despite sustaining injuries during a burglary at his home, but Pep Guardiola might just opt to rest the Portugal international.
Manchester City face a favourable foe in the form of Arsenal to begin 2022 in the Premier League on Saturday.
Pep Guardiola has won more games against Arsenal than any other club in his storied managerial career, overcoming the Gunners no fewer than 16 times – including each of the last nine Premier League meetings.
Here’s the XI Guardiola may deploy to extend that particular winning run.
Manchester City predicted Lineup Vs Arsenal
Ederson; Cancelo, Dias, Laporte, Ake; B Silva, Gundogan, De Bruyne; Mahrez, Foden, Sterling