Of course Arsenal game is important for title – Pep
Arsenal host Manchester City in a rearranged Premier League fixture that will have big ramifications on the title race when the two rivals clash at the Emirates Stadium tonight.
The Gunners have a three-point lead – with a game in hand – over Pep Guardiola’s men ahead of the first league meeting between the sides this season. Mikel Arteta’s side reached the halfway point with a total of 50 points but have dropped five points in their last two games, against Everton and Brentford, leaving the door open for Manchester City to chase them down.
The two teams clashed in the FA Cup last month with City running out 1-0 winners at the Etihad Stadium and the reigning champions will move to the top of the table should they defeat Arsenal again this evening. However, they may have to do so without prolific striker Erling Haaland who picked up a knock in City’s 3-1 win over Aston Villa and must pass a late fitness test to decide if he is able to face the current league leaders.
Could tonight’s encounter determine where the Premier League trophy ends up at the end of the season?
Follow all the updates from the Emirates as Arsenal take on Manchester City:
What is the early team news?
Leandro Trossard could start for Arsenal after scoring from the bench against Brentford on Saturday. Gabriel Martinelli could drop out, while Gabriel Jesus remains unavailable due to injury and will not be fit to face his former club.
Erling Haaland will undergo a fitness test to determine if he can face Arsenal, after the striker picked up a knock in the win against Aston Villa. Phil Foden returned from the bench on Sunday and is fit again, but John Stones remains out.
Michael Jones15 February 2023 17:35
How to watch Arsenal vs Man City
The top-of-the-table clash will kick-off at 7:30pm GMT on Wednesday 15th February.
The match, which was originally scheduled to be played on 19th October, will be shown as Amazon Prime Video as they had the broadcasting rights for that Premier League gameweek.
That means while it’s not on a terrestrial or digital TV channel, it can be streamed via any TV or device which has access to the Prime Video app or desktop website. If you’re not an Amazon Prime Video subscriber start a free 30-day trial here.
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Michael Jones15 February 2023 17:30
Arsenal vs Manchester City
Hello and welcome to The Independent’s coverage of Arsenal versus Manchester City where the two teams go to-to-toe in a clash at the top of the Premier League table.
This fixture is a rearranged one and will be the first league meeting between the sides this year. The title rivals have already met once with Man City defeating Arsenal 1-0 at the Etihad Stadium in the FA Cup last month.
Arsenal started the season in fantastic form and managed to collect 50 points by the halfway stage but they’ve struggled in recent times. A 1-1 draw with Brentford and a 1-0 loss to Everton in their last two fixtures has seen the Gunners drop five points, opening the door for City to catch them.
Pep Guardiola’s reigning champions will move to the top of the table should they defeat Arsenal and collect all three points tonight. They currently trail the leaders by three but Mikel Arteta’s side do still have a game in hand. Regardless, a City victory would make the title race a close and tense affair – something Arteta will be hoping to avoid.
The match will be broadcast on Amazon Prime Video and kick off begins at 7.30pm.
Michael Jones15 February 2023 15:06