Man City vs Arsenal predicted line-ups: Team news ahead of Premier League fixture tonight
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says his players are not yet fully fit but has not reported any injury problems.
Aymeric Laporte may return after missing City’s past three games with a hamstring issue, while Leroy Sane could make his first senior appearance since injuring his knee last August.
Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta says he has no injury doubts.
This game comes too soon for long-term absentees Lucas Torreira and Calum Chambers, who are regaining fitness.
- Manchester City have won their last six league and cup matches against Arsenal, their longest winning run versus the Gunners.
- Arsenal have lost the past five league meetings – it’s their longest such streak against a particular opponent since a seven-match sequence versus Ipswich between 1974 and 1977.
- The Gunners’ last win against City came in a FA Cup semi-final in 2017.
- This will be both sides’ second competitive match in the month of June. Manchester City beat Newport County 5-1 at home in a second tier game in 1947, while in the same year Arsenal lost 2-1 at Sheffield United in a top-flight encounter.
- Manchester City have failed to score in the first half of seven of their past nine top-flight matches. However, 12 of the last 16 league goals City have scored against Arsenal have come in the opening 45 minutes.
- City have lost seven Premier League games this season, one more than in their previous two campaigns combined.
- Sergio Aguero has scored 10 goals in his last 12 appearances against Arsenal in all competitions, including a hat-trick when City beat Arsenal 3-1 at home last season.
- Pep Guardiola has never lost a home match against Arsenal in his managerial career, winning six of seven games.
- Kevin de Bruyne has been directly involved in six goals in his past seven Premier League starts against Arsenal, scoring four and assisting two.
- Arsenal are unbeaten in the league this calendar year (W4, D4) – the only other side in the top four English divisions yet to lose in 2020 are Coventry City.
- The Gunners could draw six consecutive away league matches for the first time in their history.
- They have won just one of 11 top-flight fixtures this season against teams currently above them in the table (D5, L5).
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored 49 goals in 75 Premier League appearances – if he scores in this game he will be the sixth-fastest player to reach 50 in the competition.
- Alexandre Lacazette has failed to score in each of his last 13 Premier League away match