Arsenal vs Manchester City preview: Rodri misses out through suspension

By Ric Turner, Fri 06 October 2023 16:13

Arsenal vs Manchester City preview: Rodri misses out through suspensionSpanish midfielder serves final game of three-match ban

Arsenal vs Manchester City

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 3.30pm, Sunday 8th October 2023

Venue: Emirates Stadium, London

Referee: Michael Oliver Assistants: S Burt, L Betts Fourth Official: T Robinson VAR: J Brooks

Odds: Arsenal 12/5, Draw 15/8, Man City 7/5

Tickets: Sold out

TV: Sky Sports


Manager: Mikel Arteta

Squad (from): Ramsadale, Raya, Hein, Saliba, White, Gabriel, Kiwior, Tomiyasu, Zinchenko, Partey, Odegaard, SMith Rowe, Jorginho, Vieira, Elneny, Havertz, Rice, Saka, Jesus, Martinelli, Nketiah, Troosard, Nelson

Injured: Timber

Doubtful: Saka, Martinelli

Suspended: None

Form guide: LWWDW

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Ederson, Ortega, Carson, Walker, Dias, Stones, Ake, Gvardiol. Akanji, Lewis, Phillips, Kovacic, Grealish, Silva, Gomez, Nunes, Foden, Bobb, Haaland, Doku, Alvarez

Injured: De Bruyne

Doubtful: Stones

Suspended: Rodri

Form guide: WLLWW

Rodri will miss the trip to the Emirates Stadium as he completes a three-match suspension following his red card against Nottingham Forest. John Stones is back in the squad after injury, but is unlikely to start on Sunday.

The Gunners finished as runners-up last season, and, having spent a considerable amount over the summer to strengthen their squad, Pep Guardiola believes that they will challenge for the title again.

"Absolutely (they will be title rivals), along with Liverpool,” Guardiola said at Friday's press conference.

“To analyse contenders, the idea is the first 10 games. We haven't played 10; we have to wait but big clubs are always contenders.

“Arsenal is back. When I was a young boy and starting as a manager at Barcelona. I know they fought Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United team.

“Then for many years they were not there but now they're back.

“It's a contender yes and when you see in the calendar it says you go to the Emirates (you know) it’s a tougher one.

City won their last game against at The Emirates 3-1, with goals from Kevin De Bruyne, Jack Grealish and Erling Haaland. Overall City have won 52 of the 178 games played against the Gunners, with 41 draws and 85 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Walker, Akanji, Dias, Gvardiol, Kovacic, Bernardo, Grealish, Foden, Alvarez, Haaland

Score prediction: Arsenal 2 City 2