Arsenal: Leno, Cédric Soares, Chambers, Holding, Kolasinac, Tierney, Ødegaard, Smith Rowe, Xhaka, Saka, Aubameyang
Lacazette, Maitland-Niles, Tavares, Marí, Sambi Lokonga, Elneny, Ramsdale, Okonkwo, Martinelli
No reason to believe City will approach this game any differently from last weekend, though there will obviously be tactical tweaks to suit this afternoon’s fixture.
Mikel Arteta and Pep know each other well, and it is likely both will be trying to second-guess what might happen today.
Whether City will spring a positional surprise during the game remains to be seen – but it should make for a fascinating game.
WHEN AND WHERE
The encounter with the Gunners is scheduled for Saturday 28 August, with kick-off set for 12:30pm (UK). The match will be played in front of a packed Etihad Stadium.
If you can’t make it to the Etihad, you can also follow the action via our Matchday Centre here on mancity.com or on our official app, which will provide you with minute-by-minute coverage, or via our Twitter: @ManCity.
A full match replay of all the action will be available to view with a CITY+ subscription from midnight.
If you live outside of the UK, you can find out how to tune in, wherever you are in the world, by looking at our TV listings at the foot of this page.
Saturday's live pre-match show is available to watch across all our digital platforms.
The show will begin one hour before kick-off (11:30am UK).
The programme then returns for a half-time debrief and will also round-up all the action after the final whistle.
Time permitting, our special guests will also react to the thoughts of Pep Guardiola and also a player.
Matchday Live is a must-watch for supporters, offering an exclusive City-focused perspective to your coverage to all of Manchester City’s clashes.
A limited number of tickets for the fixture are available HERE.
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City will be without Kevin De Bruyne, who has not recovered from the ankle problem which kept him out of the 5-0 win over Norwich City last weekend.
Phil Foden also misses out as he continues to recover from the injury he suffered at EURO 2020.
Thomas Partey and Eddie Nketiah are both out for Arsenal, as is Gabriel, despite the Brazilian returning from a knee injury in an Under-23 game on Friday.
Alex Runarsson and Willian are both available after COVID-19 related absences, but Ben White will be monitored after missing two games due to a positive test.
Hector Bellerin has recovered from a thigh problem and Bukayo Saka is fit despite hurting his knee in the midweek win over West Brom.
LAST TIME OUT
City go a first win of the season under our belts with a convincing 5-0 victory over Norwich City at the Etihad Stadium.
Arsenal have lost both of their opening two league games against Brentford and Chelsea, but bounced back with a 6-0 Carabao Cup win over West Brom in midweek.
City last faced Mikel Arteta's side in February and secured a 1-0 victory at the Emirates Stadium thanks to an early Raheem Sterling header, which extended our winning streak at the time to 18 matches.
Pep Guardiola's men began with a spring in their step and immediately put the hosts on the back foot through Riyad Mahrez, who drove at Kieran Tierney and played an accurate cross to Sterling, who deftly nodded us ahead in the second minute to mark his third goal in three successive away games in the top-flight against the Gunners.
Mikel Arteta's side grew into the game and especially found joy down the left flank, with Kieran Tierney attempting multiple crosses, which were defended well by City.
City remained rigid defensively to secure the victory, our eighth successive league win over the Gunners and our 13th win in a row in the top-flight!
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Assistants: Lee Betts, Richard West
Fourth official: Andy Madley
VAR: Darren England
Assistant VAR: Peter Kirkup
The game will be broadcast live in the UK on BT Sport 1, BT Sport Ultimate, BTSport.com and the BT Sport App.
The global broadcast information can be found below, courtesy of livesoccertv.
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