While Mikel Arteta’s Gunners may be the team Manchester City most wants to play in the Premier League, the first time the two teams meet this season is in the FA Cup.
Because Arsenal’s original Premier League match against PSV Eindhoven had to be postponed after the death of Queen Elizabeth II, the two teams were rescheduled to play each other later in the season.
It’s possible that the outcome of this match will set the tone for their Premier League meeting on February 15. But when does it start, where can you watch it, how is the team looking so far, and what happened the last time Pep Guardiola and Arteta played each other?
This cup showdown is likely going to set the tone for the important Premier League meeting between the two title contenders that will take place in a month’s time. Since their last meeting more than a year ago, the teams haven’t played each other, and a lot has changed since City won 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium against Arsenal.
Arsenal have a five-point lead over Manchester City at the top of the English Premier League. Over the summer, City sold striker Gabriel Jesus and full-back Oleksandr Zinchenko to Arsenal, and since then, Arsenal has looked like a reborn team.
Since winning the FA Cup in 2019, City have been eliminated in the semifinals of three competitions in a row. After suffering an unexpected loss to Nottingham Forest in the third round of the tournament in 2022, Arsenal have managed to advance further in the competition than they did in the previous season.
In today’s game, it is anticipated that both teams will field their strongest possible teams, with players like Erling Haaland and Bukayo Saka likely to see action for their respective teams.
The fact that City manager Pep Guardiola will face Mikel Arteta, a former assistant of Guardiola’s at Barcelona, and a former teammate of Arteta’s at Barcelona, for the first time this season adds another layer of mystery to the contest.
Where can I watch the match between Man City and Arsenal on television?
The match between City and Arsenal will be broadcast on ITV 1 and will also be available to stream live on ITVX at the same time. The highlights will be made available at a later time on the official City of City channel on YouTube.
An early look at Man City and Arsenal’s respective rosters.
During his pre-game press conference on Thursday afternoon, Guardiola stated unequivocally that he did not have any fresh injury concerns. He also mentioned that Phil Foden had returned to training, but given the recent injury he suffered, it is unlikely that he will be included in the starting eleven anytime soon.
On the subject of injuries, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has not been nearly as fortunate as his counterpart at Manchester City. On Wednesday, Arteta announced that former City player Gabriel Jesus and midfielder Mohamed Elneny would not be participating in the match at Etihad Stadium.
What exactly took place in the most recent match between Man City and Arsenal?
Guardiola has faced Arteta, his former apprentice, on six separate occasions. During those contests, Guardiola has emerged victorious five times, while Arteta has only managed to claim victory once. The head coach of Arsenal will take solace in the fact that their previous win came in the FA Cup in the year 2020, and he will be hoping that their team can achieve the same level of success on Friday.