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Manchester City - Arsenal
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FT: Man City 1-0 Arsenal. Sterling's first-half goal is enough to claim a first home league victory of the season for the Citizens and get them back to winning ways. Arsenal once again showed they are improving under Arteta, but the big-six hoodoo away-day goes on for now.
- Yellow cardThomas ParteyArsenal
Arteta claps his hands and urges his team for one more push. City have handled a couple of deep balls into their box and seem set to see it out.
Four minutes added. Can Arsenal provide a stirring finale here?
- OffPhil FodenManchester City
- OnFernandinhoManchester City
CITY CHANGE: Fernandinho on for Foden.
Sterling surges free down the left. He cuts inside and looks for a lay off, but can't pick out a teammate. City still not bale to finish this game off.
Luiz arcs a brilliant ball into the box from deep but Aubameyang can't grow enough to get his head on it.
Ake booked for time wasting!
- OffGranit XhakaArsenal
- OnThomas ParteyArsenal
ARSENAL CHANGE: Xhaka off, Partey on for his bow.
- OffNicolas PépéArsenal
- OnEddie NketiahArsenal
ARSENAL CHANGE: Nketiah on for Pepe.
Pepe curves a 25-yard free kick just wide of Ederson's right-hand post.
Pepe, Lacazette and Aubameyang hover over it.
Free kick to Arsenal 25 yards from goal as Aubameyang is tumbled by Walker.
Mahrez blazes a 25-yard drive high into the stand after a well-worked short corner found him in plenty of space.
City desperately want the insurance of the second goal. Arsenal dig in to defend a dangerous corner. Will their be a sting in the tail/tale here?
Will Arteta be tempted to give Partey a late run out?
- OnAlexandre LacazetteArsenal
ARSENAL CHANGE: Lacazette on for Willian.
Luiz steps up but fires well over the bar. Ederson had it covered.
Free kick to Arsenal 25 yards out.
- Yellow cardRúben DiasManchester City
Dias booked for charging in to Saka in full flow.
Willian and Bellerin combine neatly down the right, but the final ball in to Pepe lacks quality and Ederson is able to race off his line and gather.
- OffSergio AgüeroManchester City
- OnIlkay GündoganManchester City
CITY CHANGE: Gundogan on for Aguero.
- Yellow cardJoão CanceloManchester City
Cancelo booked for a nasty challenge on Tierney.
STAT: Sterling has scored an unrivalled 35 goals among Premier League players in all competitions since the start of last season.
No real surprise to see City having most of the ball again. There's no intense pressure and Arsenal remain very much in it.
Mahrez cuts in from the right once again and pulls the trigger. Leno gets down well to smother and hang on tight.
STAT: City have earned 25 points from their past 10 home league games against other established top-six teams, only losing to Manchester United in December 2019.
Tierney hoists a curling, high shot towards goal from 35 yards. It's hopeful, but dips late and almost causes Ederson a problem before dropping just over.
It looks like Pepe will be okay, but Lacazette is warming up just in case.
Pepe nods Aubameyang's left-wing cross straight at Ederson. He seems to fall awkwardly too. He seems in a bit of pain and needs some treatment.
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KICK OFF! Arsenal restart the contest.
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HT: Man City 1-0 Arsenal.
Saka races on to Xhaka's killer pass down the left. Saka fizzes a low ball into the six-yard box, but Dias is well placed to hack it to safety.
One minute added. Walker tries to defend a corner with a high boot. Gabriel takes it down and sees his shot blocked. No interest from VAR it seems... Could Arsenal have had a penalty?
The visitors get in again. Pepe diverts a pass through for Aubameyang, but again Ederson is out well to thwart his thumping shot.
It can change very fast though! Tierney and Saka wreak havoc on the left. Saka plays a one-two with Aubameyang to get in-behind the City defence, but Ederson rushes off his line and makes a brilliant save to deny the Arsenal youngster.
Not a good stat for Arsenal - touches in opponents box: Man City 17-3 Arsenal.
Arsenal give the ball away cheaply deep in their own half. Sterling and Aguero combine to feed Foden, but the youngsters sees his side-foot effort well saved by Leno.
Mahrez leads Saka a merry dance on the right but then drills over the top from a narrow angle.
VIDEO: Sterling's opener.
More #SterlingStats: Sterling has been involved in six goals in his last five Premier League games against Arsenal (4 goals, 2 assists).
Gabriel makes a goal-saving block from Mahrez after the Algerian's initial shot was blocked by Leno.
Pepe nods well wide of the near post after being left in plenty of space to meet Willian's right-wing centre.
Arsenal look for an immediate response through Saka's weaving run, but his rising shot is pushed over the bar by Ederson.
- GoalRaheem SterlingManchester City
GOAL! Sterling rattles the rebound into the bottom corner after Leno had parried Foden's low shot. It all developed after Mahrez and Aguero carved the visiting rearguard open.
SURPRISING STAT: Guardiola's men started the day in the bottom half of the table for the third time in four games this season. That is as many as in their previous 375 Premier League matches.
On a side note, social media is perplexed by Arsenal's decision to wear blue against City's blue...
- Yellow cardRodriManchester City
Seconds later and Rodri IS booked for pulling back Saka.
Mahrez is fortunate to escape a caution after blatantly committing a foul to halt an Arsenal break.
City's formation has had the media scratching their heads a bit after they had made some initial assumptions from the team sheet.
City with lots of possession in these early stages. Not too much of note in terms of impact in the final third just yet though.
STAT: Arsenal are bidding to win four of their opening five league matches in a season for the first time since 2013-14.
Aguero nods an instinctive header over the top after some trademark twisting on the right side of the box from Mahrez.
DID YOU KNOW? Guardiola’s worst start came in his first season as a manager, when Barcelona had seven points from four matches in 2008-09. He currently has four from three. It’ also City’s worst start in 10 years.
Head-to-head: Man City have won seven of the last nine, remaining unbeaten in that time. Arsenal are hoping to avoid losing seven league matches in a row against the same opponent for the first time since doing so v Ipswich between 1974 and 1977.
City almost grab the lead inside 60 seconds. Mahrez cuts in from the right, exchanges passes with Sterling and whips a super, curling attempt inches past the far post.
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KICK OFF! City get us underway.
A late change for Arsenal. Rob Holding has reportedly hurt his hamstring in the warm up. David Luiz comes in.
STAT: Arsenal have not defeated another established top-six team in 28 Premier League away matches. You have to go back to January 2015 when they clinched a 2-0 victory over Manchester City (D10, L18).
Guardiola on Aguero's return: "It is good for us after a long time. In the situation we have up front, we thought it better to start (him) than come from the bench."
DID YOU KNOW? Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has played 450 Premier League minutes without scoring against Manchester City, his worst record against any side in England. He missed a penalty in this fixture in March 2018 - but DID score both goals in Arsenal's FA Cup semi-final win against City last season.
Eurosport pundit, Paul Parker looked into his crystal ball and made some weekend predictions earlier this week. His call of a Merseyside derby draw was on the right track, but who does he see winning this Etihad encounter?
There has been plenty of talk about Project Big Picture recently. Here, Arteta offers his thoughts on the league and its structure.
As for Guardiola, he isn’t a fan of the master v apprentice headlines when he locks horns with Arteta: "Maybe we should clarify who's the master and who's the apprentice first. All the people who know him, we didn't have any doubts about what he's doing in a short period of time. He settled really well and the way his team is playing right now is perfect for the quality they have. He was able to get Arsenal back to the position where they were a long time ago. He's doing really well in all competitions. Mikel is a competitor and a fighter. All the people who love him, we are more than happy with what he's doing in London."
Mikel Arteta may not have included new £45m signing, Thomas Partey from the off today, but he’s expecting big things from the former Atletico man soon: "I've seen the buzz around the place. The fans are really happy, I've seen some really positive reactions. The same with the team and staff. We have rated him for a long time."
The big news for Man City is that Sergio Aguero is deemed fit to return to the starting XI. The Argentina international features for the first time this season after limping off with a knee injury v Burnley on June 22. No Kevin de Bruyne or Aymeric Laporte for the hosts though. Meanwhile, Arsenal leave new £45m signing, Thomas Partey on the bench.
CONFIRMED TEAMS – MAN CITY: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Ake, Cancelo, Rodrigo, Foden, Silva, Mahrez, Aguero, Sterling… Subs: Steffen, Stones, Gundogan, Torres, Fernandinho, Delap, Garcia. /// ARSENAL: Leno, Holding, Gabriel Magalhaes, Tierney, Bellerin, Ceballos, Xhaka, Saka, Willian, Aubameyang, Pepe... Subs: Runarsson, Lacazette, Maitland-Niles, Partey, Luiz, Elneny, Nketiah.
Hello and welcome to LIVE updates of the Premier League encounter between Manchester City and Arsenal at Etihad Stadium. City will be looking to kick-start their season after winning just one of their opening three league matches, while the Gunners are aiming to continue their promising rise under Mikel Arteta as he goes head to head with his old mentor, Pep Guardiola once again. Kick off 17:30 BST.