Two old colleagues renew acquaintances again on Saturday when Mikel Arteta takes his Arsenal side to the Etihad Stadium to face Manchester City and former mentor Pep Guardiola.
However, Mikel Arteta’s side now faces a testing run, with the start of their Europa League campaign sandwiched between league games against City, Leicester, and Manchester United.
City, meanwhile, will be hoping to bounce back to winning ways following a 1-1 draw with Leeds and a 5-2 thumping at the hands of Leicester prior to the international break.
Date, time, and venue
Manchester City vs Arsenal is scheduled for a 5:30 pm BST kick-off on Saturday, October 17, 2020.
The match will be behind closed doors at Etihad Stadium with no fans due to being present due to government guidelines regarding coronavirus.
Arsenal could hand a debut to deadline day signing Thomas Partey, and hope that Kieran Tierney is available after being forced to self-isolate after a Scotland teammate tested positive for coronavirus.
Kevin de Bruyne is a doubt for Man City after leaving Belgium’s camp early, as is Raheem Sterling, who pulled out of England’s squad before the international break began.
Head to head (h2h) history and results
Arsenal have not beaten Man City in the league since 2015, though they have come out on top in two FA Cup semi-finals in the same period.
In all, the clubs have met on 200 occasions, with Arsenal winning 98, City 57, and the other 45 endings in draws.
Prediction: Man City 3-1 Arsenal
Mikel Arteta got the better of his old master in last season’s FA Cup semi-final and will surely employ a similar approach, but Tierney will be a huge miss, both for his defensive solidity and the balance he brings going forward.
City can ill-afford to lose further early ground in the title race.