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Man City vs Arsenal LIVE: Updates from the Etihad as Emery benches Denis Suarez and Ozil (Image: GETTY)

  • MAN CITY VS ARSENAL LIVE
  • Manchester City look to close the gap on Liverpool to two points ahead of their trip to West Ham tomorrow.
  • Arsenal need the points themselves to keep chase in the race for a top-four finish.
  • Denis Suarez only on the bench for Arsenal as he looks to make his Gunners debut.
  •  TEAMS:Manchester City: Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Laporte; Fernandinho; Sterling, Gundogan, De Bruyne, D Silva, B Silva; Aguero.

    Arsenal: Leno; Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Lichtsteiner, Guendouzi, Torreira, Kolasinac; Iwobi; Lacazette, Aubameyang.

Man City 2-1 Arsenal 

Aguero 1′ 43′

Koscielny 9′

56′ – The Belgian is really finding his rhythm here, a quick interchange with Sterling opens up the Arsenal defence, but the midfielder can’t find the finish.

53′ – De Bruyne whips another low shot in on goal and again Leno can’t hold.

51′ – First real chance of the half as De Bruyne again test Leno who spills before just about gathering ahead of Aguero.

The second half is underway…

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Man City vs Arsenal LIVE: City celebrates Aguero’s second (Image: GETTY)

Aguero

Man City vs Arsenal LIVE: Aguero put Arsenal to the sword in the first half (Image: GETTY)

HT: Man City 2-1 Arsenal.

Real blow for Arsenal on half time. They had just started to grow into the game but that was a goal of supreme quality.

The Gunners do look dangers on the counter attack but ultimately they’ve lacked the kind of punch that City possess in the final third.

45′ – De Bruyne goes close to adding another for City, his strike flashes just wide of the goal.

Man City vs Arsenal LIVE

Man City vs Arsenal LIVE: Updates from the Etihad Stadium (Image: GETTY)

43′ – Brilliantly worked goal from City. Sterling plays a one-two with Gundogan before rolling the ball across the face of goal for Aguero to gratefully tap home.

GOAL! Man City 2-1 Arsenal – Aguero

40’ – Torreira booked for a late challenge on De Bruyne.

39’ – This contest is really livening up now. Sead Kolasinac fires a stinging drive at Ederson before Lucas Torreira’s sweet strike is blocked. De Bruyne looks to kickstart a City counter but the attack breaks down.

36′ – David Silva’s cross forces Leno into action, luckily for the Gunners the ball doesn’t break for anyone in the box.

32′ – Stephan Lichtsteiner is a real outlet for Arsenal on the overlap, but they are clearly missing Hector Bellerin out there. Can’t help but feel the Swiss could cost them in defence.

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Man City vs Arsenal LIVE: Koscielny celebrates drawing Arsenal level (Image: GETTY)

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Man City vs Arsenal LIVE: Denis Suarez takes his place on the bench (Image: GETTY)

30′ – Iwobi can be such a frustrating player. Gets himself into some good positions but his end product is rather blunt. His pace and energy very handy though.

25′ – City beginning to get a foothold in this game. De Bruyne starting to get on the ball more, Sterling and Bernardo are causing Arsenal problems in the flanks.

18′ – Otamendi calls Leno into action again, his thumping low drive gathered with ease by the German.

He’ll probably still be disappointed with how his side started the match, but Emery will be relieved to see his side level things up.

Fernandinho is playing alongside Nicolas Otamendi at centre-back, Aymeric Laporte is at left-back.

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Man City vs Arsenal LIVE: Aguero celebrates the opener (Image: GETTY)

GOAL! Man City 1-1 Arsenal – Koscielny

9′ – Arsenal are level! Laurent Koscielny turns in from Nacho Monreal’s flick from a corner. What a start to this game.

4′ – Raheem Sterling tests Bernd Leno and the German is forced into a save.

Credit to the hosts, who started the game on the front foot but that’s poor from Arsenal, Unai Emery will be fuming that they are already going to have to chase the game.

GOAL! Man City 1-0 Arsenal – Aguero

1′ – My word, Man City straight out of the blocks as Aymeric Laporte cuts back and Sergio Aguero heads home.

KICK OFF

We are underway at the Etihad.

What the fans are saying…

Slim Ripper: “Arsenal and man city please lose.”

Mercy Khahunkani: “Who in their right senses starts Guendouzi and Iwobi and benches Ramsey and Ozil in such a Massive game ?! #MCIARS Unai keeps baffling me ! #Arsenal.”

Ashley Burton: “Big game today, let’s replicate what Newcastle did on Tuesday and leave Manchester with 3 points. #MCIARS #SuperSunday #BPL #COYG”

Chinenye Felicia: “Hmmmm Debruyne Starts. I won’t talk for now

#MCIARS.”

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Man City vs Arsenal LIVE: Man City supporters want to see a response from their side (Image: GETTY)

Can the champions crank up the pressure?

There’s no doubt that Man City let an opportunity pass after their midweek defeat at St James’ Park.

Not just because Liverpool dropped points on Wednesday against Leicester, but playing before your title rivals gives them a chance to put some pressure on them.

Guardiola will be keen to make amends today and a win would see them breathing down Liverpool’s neck ahead of their trip to West Ham tomorrow night.

Their 0-2 win at the Emirates Stadium back in August was a walk in the park and Emery will be keen to see a different outcome from today’s clash, his line up suggests they are not here to sit back.

Sane dropped

One surprise to Manchester City’s line up is the exclusion of Leroy Sane to the dismay of many FPL players around the country.

The young German has hit top form in recent weeks and has eight goals and nine assists to his name this season in the Premier League.

It’s perhaps likely that Guardiola’s has gone for a more solid outlook today as Ilkay Gundogan starts in midfield with Fernandinho.

Raheem Sterling is likely to partner Sergio Aguero in attack, Bernardo Silva also retains his place from the defeat at Newcastle.

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Man City vs Arsenal LIVE: Leroy Sane is on the bench (Image: GETTY)

No start for Denis Suarez

Denis Suarez is expected to play a part today and make his Arsenal debut but that will have to be from the bench.

The Spaniard joined on deadline day from Barcelona and has spent time with Manchester City himself earlier in his career.

Mesut Ozil also finds himself on the bench despite returning to the starting line up against Cardiff City in midweek.

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Man City vs Arsenal LIVE: Denis Suarez is on the bench for the Gunners (Image: GETTY)

Team news

Manchester City: Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Laporte; Fernandinho; Sterling, Gundogan, De Bruyne, D Silva, B Silva; Aguero.

Subs: Muric, Danilo, Stones, Delph, Sane, Mahrez, Jesus.

Arsenal: Leno; Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Lichtsteiner, Guendouzi, Torreira, Kolasinac; Iwobi; Lacazette, Aubameyang.

Subs: Cech, Elneny, Xhaka, Suarez, Ramsey, Ozil, Mavropanos, Nketiah.

Guardiola Emery

Man City vs Arsenal LIVE: Guardiola and Emery go head-to-head (Image: GETTY)

Emery will find it tough

Unai Emery admits his Arsenal side may struggle against Manchester City today.

“Usually Manchester City, in every match they impose their style,” he said.

“You want to impose your style, you want to play with your personality, but sometimes you need adaptation – more or less, it depends on the opposition.

“It is very difficult to break their style and impose yours. When a lot of teams play with a very deep block, it’s because they need to play like that and can also have chances to win.

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Man City vs Arsenal LIVE: The Etihad awaits… (Image: GETTY)

Guardiola programme notes

Pep Guardiola insists his side cannot panic in their efforts to win the title.

“This isn’t the time to worry or panic but redouble our efforts and work hard,” he writes.

“I know these players. I have the greatest regard for them. I know they will bounce back. I understand how badly they felt on Tuesday night…

“There was no complacency at Newcastle, there will never be that at Manchester City… Everyone who follows football knows that many things can still happen. The table is not important. We have to do what we have to do and that is keeping winning our games.”

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Man City vs Arsenal LIVE: Sergio Aguero will be keen to help City close the gap on Liverpool (Image: GETTY)

Welcome

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of Manchester City vs Arsenal from the Etihad Stadium.

A win for City can move them into second place and two points off Liverpool, who play tomorrow against West Ham.

But Arsenal know they need to a win to stay on par with fourth-place Chelsea while Manchester United also remain firmly in contention.



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