On Saturday lunchtime, manchester City will meet Arsenal in gameweek three of the 2021-22 Premier League season. Both teams won convincingly in their most recent meetings with Arsenal thrashing West Bromwich Albion 6-0 in the EFL Cup and City cruising to a 5-0 win over Norwich City. Here is our expert guess on Manchester City vs Arsenal football prediction, team news, and lineup for the first Premier League of the season.
Ilkay Gundogan recovered quickly from a shoulder injury to play for Manchester City. Belgium manager Roberto Martinez has confirmed that Kevin De Bruyne will not play this weekend on the other hand Phil Foden is still out for Pep Guardiola’s team.
As John Stones returns from a lengthy injury layoff, Aymeric Laporte appears to be in line for a first-team debut.
Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez are both vying for starts on Saturday but Gabriel Jesus shone from wide against Norwich.
Man City has suspended Benjamin Mendy on Thursday after being charged by the police.
Arsenal has Alexandre Laczette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Martin Odegaard available, though only the latter two are expected to start.
Aubameyang is in the lead line for Saturday’s match after he scored a hat-trick in EFL football match against West Brom on Wednesday night. Emile Smith Rowe may have to play out wide with Odegaard in the No.10 position.
Ben White will miss out again in another setback for the Gunners, according to Mikel Arteta. It would be no surprise if Pablo Mari had a nightmare against Chelsea last weekend.
Kieran Tierney was not risked in midweek, but he should be fit to play at the Etihad. Aaron Ramsdale is not expected to take over in goal for Bernd Leno just yet.
Manchester City vs Arsenal Prediction
Last weekend Manchester City smashed Norwich 5-0 after losing their first game of the season. Arsenal finally won their first win of the season defeating West Brom 6-0 on Wednesday.
Arsenal’s situation is not as same as at the start of the week but they’re still up against it here. At Etihad, the Gunners have lost five games in a row. On the attacking front, the timely returns of Aubameyang and Lacazette, both of whom scored in midweek, will be invaluable to Arsenal.
However, Arteta faces the same old problems, as his team should put up a better fight but will be blown away by the reigning champions’ superiority.
Manchester City possible starting lineup:
Ederson; Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo; Rodri, Gundogan, Grealish; Mahrez, Jesus, Sterling
Arsenal possible starting lineup:
Leno; Cedric, Holding, Mari, Tierney; Xhaka, Lokonga; Saka, Odegaard, Smith Rowe; Aubameyang
Our Prediction: Manchester City 3-1 Arsenal
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