Our all-time record scorer, who has been out with a knee injury since mid-June, is back as one of four changes made by manager Pep Guardiola from the side that drew 1-1 at Leeds a fortnight ago.
Arsenal: Leno, Bellerin, Holding, dos Santos, Tierney, Ceballos, Xhaka, Saka, Willian, Pepe, Aubameyang
Subs: Lacazatte, Runarsson, Maitland-Niles, Partey, Luiz, Elneny, Nketiah
Likely formation: 4-3-3
It looks as though the boss will deploy his tried and trusted formation, though with the caveat that City possess the flexibility and tactical acumen to switch systems where the need arises.
Today’s resumption of domestic action marks the start of an intense and important sequence of fixtures for City with crucial league fixtures dovetailing with the launch of our Champions League campaign next Wednesday. at home to Porto.
Following today’s game, we visit both West Ham and Sheffield United in the league, and also have the small matter of a home encounter with reigning champions Liverpool to look forward to before the November international break.
And with Everton and Liverpool sharing a point apiece in today’s early kick-off, a positive result today against Mikel Arteta’s Gunners would be the perfect launchpad as we enter a crucial set of Autumn fixtures.
Stats and facts
Manchester City are unbeaten in nine Premier League meetings - scoring at least twice in each of them - since a 1-2 defeat in December 2015 (W7, D2).
Arsenal could lose seven league matches in a row against the same opponent for the first time since doing so versus Ipswich between 1974 and 1977.
The Gunners' solitary victory in their past nine away league games against City came in January 2015.
However, Arsenal won the most recent competitive meeting, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring both goals in an FA Cup semi-final tie in July.
Manchester City's tally of four points is our lowest after three games of a season since 2010-11.
We have only twice lost both of their opening two home fixtures in a season: 1930-31 and 1953-54.
We haven't gone three league matches without a win since a run of four in April 2017.
Manchester City have earned 25 points from our past 10 home league games against other established top-six teams, only losing to Manchester United in December 2019.
Raheem Sterling has scored an unrivalled 34 goals among Premier League players in all competitions since the start of last season.
The Gunners have won eight of their past 12 Premier League games, one more than they had in their previous 28 attempts.
Arsenal's tally of 25 points from those 12 fixtures is the joint highest in the division, along with Liverpool.
They could win four of their opening five league matches in a season for the first time since 2013-14.
Nonetheless, Arsenal have failed to beat another established top-six team in 28 Premier League away fixtures since a 2-0 victory over Manchester City in January 2015 (D10, L18).