At the weekend, Arsenal have the chance to end an eight-year hoodoo. Whilst the Gunners have enjoyed success over Manchester City of late, those victories have come in cup competitions and most recently in the Community Shield at the beginning of August.
But not since December 2015 — when Mikel Arteta was still an active player — have the north London outfit beaten City in the Premier League. In fact, you have to go back to April 2017 for the last time Pep Guardiola's side did not win this fixture whether it be at the Emirates Stadium or the Etihad Stadium.
So as one Spanish tactician sets out to get the better of the other, the Arsenal manager goes into the game with the knowledge that Jurrien Timber (ACL) is definitely unavailable for selection. Whether that number increases remains to be seen with Bukayo Saka in contention and Gabriel Martinelli still a doubt.
Ideally, Arteta will have a near full-strength squad to select from against a City side who have lost two of their last three games in all competitions. Whatever the scenario is, there are plenty of discussion points surrounding Arsenal ahead of the heavyweight clash and football.london has gone through them below.
As expected, the status of Saka was the focus of Arteta's pre-match press conference on Friday afternoon. The winger picked up a knock which resulted in him being substituted against RC Lens in midweek, thus raising doubts over his involvement for the visit of Man City.
Usually, the Arsenal manager is rather coy when discussing the fitness of his players but he opted to change his tune on this occasion. Without ruling the England international out — nor did he confirm the 22-year-old's availability — Arteta simply revealed his star man is in contention.
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