The FA Cup has thrown the top two in the Premier League together for their first meeting of the season, with five points separating them in the table. Arsenal hold the advantage there, and they come into this game on the back of a seven-match unbeaten run in all competitions (W6 D1) – they’ve won their last three, which started with a comfortable 3-0 win over Oxford United in the third round.
As for City, they cruised past Chelsea with a 4-0 victory in the last round. Following that, they lost back-to-back matches in the EFL Cup and the league, but have since responded by winning their last two outings.
ARSENAL SUBS: Jakub Kiwior, Gabriel Martinelli, William Saliba, Marquinhos, Martin Odegaard, Ben White, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Aaron Ramsdale, Albert Sambi Lokonga.
ARSENAL STARTING XI (4-3-3): Matt Turner; Takehiro Tomiyasu, Rob Holding, Gabriel Magalhaes, Kieran Tierney; Fabio Vieira, Thomas Partey, Granit Xhaka; Bukayo Saka, Eddie Nketiah, Leandro Trossard.
MANCHESTER CITY SUBS: Bernardo Silva, Ruben Dias, Kyle Walker, Cole Palmer, Julian Alvarez, Joao Cancelo, Ederson, Aymeric Laporte, Kalvin Phillips.
MANCHESTER CITY STARTING XI (4-2-3-1): Stefan Ortega; Rico Lewis, Manuel Akanji, John Stones, Nathan Ake; Ilkay Gundogan, Rodrigo; Riyad Mahrez, Kevin De Bruyne, Jack Grealish; Erling Haaland.
Mikel Arteta makes six changes to the team that started the win over Manchester United last time out. Turner starts in goal, with Tomiyasu, Holding, Tierney, Vieira and Trossard, who makes his full debut for the club, also brought in. Ramsdale, White, Saliba, Zinchenko, Odegaard and Martinelli all start on the bench.
Pep Guardiola names a strong side and makes just two changes from the victory over Wolves on Sunday. Ortega gets the nod in goal and Ake also comes in. Ederson and Laporte both drop to the bench, while Phil Foden is still out due to a foot injury.
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