Premier League leaders Manchester City will be looking for their 18th consecutive win when they take on Arsenal this weekend.

Pep Guardiola’s City have been superb in recent weeks and beat Everton in midweek.

Old friends Mikel Arteta and Pep Guardiola face off again this weekend

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Old friends Mikel Arteta and Pep Guardiola face off again this weekend

They are ten points clear at the top of the table and will be looking to tighten their grip of the title race by seeing off Arsenal.

Mikel Arteta’s Gunners beat Leeds last weekend but continue to be inconsistent with their performances.

City beat Arsenal 1-0 in the reverse fixture in October with Raheem Sterling scoring the winner.

Arsenal v Man City: How to watch

This match will be held at the Emirates on Sunday, February 21 and will kick-off at 4:30pm.

This game is being broadcast on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League from 4pm and will follow their coverage of Aston Villa vs Leicester.

Sky Sports customers can live stream this via the app using their mobile, tablet or computer devices.

If not, you can purchase a Sky Sports Day Pass from NowTV for £9.99.

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Arsenal v Man City: Team news

Arsenal have no new injury concerns to deal with ahead of the visit of City.

Kieran Tierney is set to return after a month-long injury but Thomas Partey remains a fitness doubt.

Manchester City star Ilkay Gundogan could return following a groin issue.

Nathan Ake is their only absentee.

Sergio Aguero could return to the starting line-up.

Arsenal v Man City: What has been said?

Pep Guardiola believes his former assistant Mikel Arteta is turning Arsenal into Premier League title contenders.

He said: “In the last two months every game Arsenal plays they are better than the opponent.

“Sometimes you lose games, you cannot control it. But they have been better than the opponent, in terms of controlling the game and creating more chances and conceding fewer.

“We need an incredible performance to play with the ball and run a lot in the right tempo to get the ball because they have an exceptional build-up in the final third.

“They have quality and incredible energy in (Emile) Smith Rowe, (Bukayo) Saka, (Pierre-Emerick) Aubameyang with the runs in behind, and they have the players with the quality in the middle to make the process quite well. 

“Early in the future they will be a real contender to fight for the title.”

Raheem Sterling fired Man City to a 1-0 win over Arsenal in October

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Raheem Sterling fired Man City to a 1-0 win over Arsenal in October

Arsenal v Man City: Match stats and facts

  • Arsenal have lost their last seven league games against Man City – the Gunners have only ever lost more consecutively against Leeds (8 between 1973-1976).
  • Since losing 1-2 at the Emirates in December 2015, Man City are unbeaten in their last 10 Premier League meetings with Arsenal, scoring at least twice in nine of those games.
  • Arsenal have failed to score in their last three home league games against Man City, losing each time. The Gunners have never failed to find the net in four consecutive home league games against an opponent in their history.
  • Manchester City beat Arsenal 4-1 at the Emirates earlier this season in a League Cup tie – only two teams have ever won away at the Gunners twice in the same season; Nottingham Forest in 1987-88 and Aston Villa in 1993-94.
  • Arsenal have won just three of their last 18 Premier League games against the side starting the day of the game in top spot (W3 D4 L11), winning last time out against Liverpool in July 2020 (2-1). They last won consecutive such games in August 2007, when the second win in that run came at home to Man City (1-0).
  • Arsenal are unbeaten in their last six home Premier League games (W3 D3), after losing each of the previous four such matches – the Gunners have scored 3+ goals in each victory in this run, while they have kept a clean sheet in three of the last four.
  • Manchester City have scored 3+ goals in each of their last three Premier League games against London sides (3 v Chelsea, 4 v Crystal Palace, 3 v Tottenham) – in the competition’s history only Liverpool in 2001 and Sheffield Wednesday in 1994 have scored 3+ goals in four consecutive games against teams from the capital.
  • This will be Pep Guardiola’s 50th Premier League game played on a Sunday with Manchester City (W32 D8 L9), with the Spaniard winning 65% of those matches; the best win rate by a manager on this day of the week in the competition’s history (min. 10 games).
  • Man City’s Raheem Sterling has been involved in six goals in his last five Premier League games against Arsenal (4 goals, 2 assists), finding the net in each of his last three against the Gunners.
  • Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored five goals in his last two Premier League starts, netting twice against Newcastle, followed by a hat-trick against Leeds. The last Gunners player to score 2+ goals in three consecutive league starts was Derek Tapscott in March 1956, who scored braces against Portsmouth, Everton and Preston.


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