When and where: The Barclays Premier League match kicks off from the Etihad at 11 a.m. ET. Coverage will be provided by the Fox Soccer Channel, with a delayed online stream available on FoxSoccer2Go. Viewers in the U.K. can watch a live stream via Sky Player.
Preview: Arsenal travel to the Etihad on Sunday looking to make a major statement about their title-challenging prospects this season. The Gunners have earned plenty of plaudits in recent weeks as they have gone unbeaten so far and destroyed Southampton 6-1 in their last Premier League outing.
After the disappointment of losing Robin van Persie and Alex Song late in the transfer window, expectations have been raised that Arsenal could be a serious contender for their first trophy in more than seven years.
New arrivals Santi Cazorla and Lukas Podolski have fitted in seamlessly to Premier League life with the Spain international looking a particularly inspiring signing. While the third major addition, Olivier Giroud, has yet to find the back of the net, there were encouraging signs against Montpellier in midweek that he is finding his feet and can become an excellent focal point to the attack.
While Arsenal were perhaps fortunate to return from France with three points, there is something to be said for the team going away from home and getting a result while not at their best.
It was a different story for Manchester City, who traveled to Spain and suffered the disappointment of conceding two goals in the final three minutes to lose 3-2 to Real Madrid.
The match continued City’s poor defensive record to start the season. In five games this season Roberto Mancini’s side are yet to keep a clean sheet, conceding nine goals. Although still undefeated in their defense of their Premier League title, City have yet to find top form this season, with Mancini seemingly still unsure about his best lineup.
After missing several weeks with a knee injury, City could have key forward Sergio Aguero back after the Argentinian was an unused substitute against Real. Samir Nasri looks set to miss out, though, after picking up a hamstring injury in the Bernabeu.
Arsenal will still be missing first-choice goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, with Vito Mannone set to continue to deputize.
Manchester City (probable)
D: Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy
M: Javi Garcia, Toure
Milner, Tevez, Silva
D: Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs
M: Diaby, Arteta
Gervinho, Cazorla, Podolski
Prediction: It is a fixture that has, perhaps surprisingly, produced few goals in recent meetings, but Sunday’s clash looks set to be an engaging affair. Arsenal’s defense and organization looks much improved this season and that could be key given City’s problems in that area.
There looks set to be an intriguing midfield battle between two dynamic powerhouses in Yaya Toure and Abou Diaby, while Spanish creators David Silva and Santi Cazorla will also go head-to-head. Arsenal look a more settled team right now, though, and could well emerge with a hugely significant three points.
Manchester City 1-2 Arsenal