Can Mikel Arteta finally overtake his former mentor Pep Guardiola in the Premier League?
The Arsenal boss has yet to score a goal against his former employer in the league – and Manchester City are in the running for 10 wins on the upside.
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The Gunners have been brilliant lately, but haven’t played since their 5-0 win on Boxing Day as their game with the Wolves on 28 December was postponed.
His recent form is a vast improvement over his first three Premier League games of the season, which saw three consecutive losses, including defeats to today’s opponents.
City beat Brentford 1-0 to extend their lead over Chelsea to eight points and look set to defend their crown this term.
His 10 consecutive winning form is unlucky for the rest of the league.
Arsenal will also be without manager Arteta as the Spaniard tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday afternoon.
What time does Arsenal vs Man City start?
- Arsenal’s big clash with Man City will begin at 12.30pm UK time on Saturday, 1 January – Today,
- The match will take place at Emirates Stadium.
- The match will be crowded at full capacity for attendance.
What channel is this and can it be streamed live?
- Arsenal vs Man City will be shown live on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate.
- You can live stream the action from the BT Sport app, which is available to download to your mobile or tablet device.
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Mikel Arteta will not be on the Arsenal bench after he returns testing positive for Covid-19.
Callum Chambers, Cedric Soares, Takehiro Tomiyasu and Ainsley Maitland-Niles all missed their Boxing Day win over Norwich due to separation.
And it remains to be seen whether Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be brought back from the cold.
For City, Rodri, John Stones and Kyle Walker all missed out on a win over Brentford and are doubting it with such a rapid turnaround.
Jack Grealish and Phil Foden both returned for that game and are expected to work again.
- Arsenal – 5/1
- Draw – 18/5
- Man City – 1/2
*Courtesy of Betfair and correct at the time of publication.
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City odds-on for another success
Arsenal may have won their last five games, scoring 19 runs in the process and winning just twice, but bookies didn’t give them much of a chance before Manchester City’s arrival.
- Arsenal win 9/2
- draw 16/5
- Man City win 8/13
Odds correct from Betfair at the time of posting.
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Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of the first Premier League game of 2022, the clash between Arsenal and Manchester City.
City started the new year as clear leaders with withdrawals from Chelsea and Liverpool in December, and will be aiming for an 11th straight win when they reach London.
Arsenal will be hoping to start this new year as they end 2021, with five consecutive wins in all competitions.
And today’s contest will be a sign that Mikel Arteta’s youth side is looking at being sent off 5-0 at the Etihad in August.
It starts at 12.30pm at Emirates, and we will soon have all the important team news as part of our pre-match build-up.