CommentaryReporting by Paul Brown @mancity


Focused Erling

Erling Haaland in determined mood here at the Emirates Stadium as he looks to add to his goal tally tonight.


Warm-ups 💪

Riyad Mahrez heads out to get ready for this evening's Gunners clash.


Manager's Preview 🎥

Continue your build-up to kick-off by watching Pep Guardiola's pre-match press conference.


From our journalist David Clayton at the Emirates Stadium 💬

“The stadium is filing up nicely and after that beautiful sunny day, it’s turned markedly cooler here in North London.

“Scanning the home support around me it’s amazing how many have sky blue on them – the half-and-half friendship scarves, of course.

“Not sure where I stand on them – I get they’re a memento of a game for a lot of people, but it just looks a bit odd shouting at and booing a team you are wearing the colours of around your neck! Well, 50% at least…”


From the Matchday Live Studio 📺

Paul Dickov on our back three 👇

“I like it. On Saturday we were 3-0 up at half-time with this system.

“We’ve seen Pep do it before with Cancelo and Zinchenko.

“If Bernardo needs to drop back in that position he has the energy to do it. I think this system is mainly to overload the opposition in midfield.”


From the Matchday Live Studio 📺

Kolo Toure on Takehiro Tomiyasu 👇

“He is quite robust defensively. I think that’s why Arteta decided to play him tonight.

“Jack is the man in form for City, he took time to get used to the style of the club because he’s more of a free player.

“You can see he dribbles players, he assists, scores, I’m looking forward to that battle definitely.”


From the Matchday Live Studio 📺

Paul Dickov on team news 👇

“It shows Pep has a lot of confidence in the team to play this system.

“It looks like a 3-3-3 and Bernardo goes wherever he wants! That’s what happened against Villa.

“It must be so difficult if you’re the opposition when City have the ball because you don’t know who will be where. It’s going to be really interesting.”


From the Matchday Live Studio 📺

Kolo Toure on key battleground 👇

“Obviously, in the middle. The last game they played, there was a lot of man marking in the middle.

“They couldn’t find spaces, and then we saw some long balls. I believe tonight will be a different game, both teams have fantastic technical players.

“Partey will be a big miss, he has so much quality and he is genuine player, he works hard for the team.

“That type of player is very rare. He will be a big miss for Arsenal in my opinion.”


From the Matchday Live Studio 📺

Steve Howey on Ruben Dias starting 👇

“He’s very good on the ball, but he does well organising. He’s constantly shouting and directing players.

“To have somebody who is vocal is a huge help. I really like him.

“We think it’s a back three. From the back three upwards, you have players who can go up the pitch, they move all over the place.

“For Arsenal it’s important that they have communication. It’s a strong line-up from City. They’ll want to put on a show tonight.”


From the Matchday Live Studio 📺

Steve Howey on team news 👇

“For me, I think the team is very strong.

“Arsenal have had a fantastic season. Pep has got a fantastic record against Arsenal.

“So this should be a great game.”