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Man City v Arsenal: Talking Points

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Team selection, tactics and looking at the bigger picture all feature in our City v Arsenal talking points ahead of the match...

1 Great entertainers

Everyone watching this game on Sunday is within their rights to expect goals. The fixture itself averages just under three goals, while City are already on a staggering 49 for the season so far. The beauty of it from City's point of view is the hits can come from anywhere at the moment. Raheem Sterling (10), Sergio Aguero (nine), Gabriel Jesus (eight), Leroy Sane (eight) have proven a consistent threat, while centre-backs John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi are weighing in too! The amount of creativity and finishing ability on the field should make for a great game of football.

2 Possession v counter

City are likely to enjoy possession at home against any side, but the Blues must be wary of the Gunners’ pace on the counter. Alexis Sanchez and Alexandre Lacazette will provide outlets for Arsenal, while Sead Kolasinac has impressed getting forward quickly from left-back. It’s a tactic, after all, that City employed to devastating effect in Napoli.

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3 Autumn statement

It’s still early days in the 17/18 season, but victory against Arsenal would be another significant step in the campaign. The Gunners are in the chasing pack behind City, level on points with Chelsea and just one behind Tottenham after 10 games played. City, though, could move 12 clear of the Gunners with a win heading into the international break.

4 Squad shuffle?

With the game following a midweek Champions League trip team selection is always a talking point. Kyle Walker, Gabriel Jesus and David Silva will be pushing for a first-team return having started Wednesday on the bench – but given the quality of the performance at the Stadio San Paolo – who drops out? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter @ManCity 

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