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Arsenal vs. Manchester City, 2017 FA Cup: Team News, Preview, Predictions

Can City reach the Final?

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Manchester City v Arsenal  - Premier League Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Manchester City and Arsenal will fight on Sunday for a place in the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium next month. The same Wembley will be the site of the semi-final, and the winner will face Chelsea in the title match.

Pep Guardiola comes into this game on the back of two very good wins and performances against Hull City and Southampton, and the Catalan will hope to see him men put on a similar type of effort and produce the same result.

Arsene Wenger is yet to announce his future, but it really does seem like this could be his final season, so he'll want to leave with another FA Cup, which has been his most successful competition as the Gunners boss.

These two teams love to attack and we will probably get a high scoring match on Sunday. The two defenses aren't the best we've ever seen, so be ready to suffer and see your team concede. The one who wins the shootout is coming back to Wembley in May, so no matter the winner, it'll be fun.

Can City win it?


Date/Time: Sunday, April 23, 2017, 3pm BST (UK), 10am ET, 7am PT (USA), 7:30pm IST (India)

Venue: Wembley Stadium, London, England

Referee: Craig Pawson

Television: BT Sport 1 (UK), Fox Sports 1 (USA), SuperSport 5 (Africa), TEN 1 (India), elsewhere

Online streaming: BT Sport Live Streaming (UK), Fox Sports GO (USA), FuboTV (USA, 7-day free trial + monthly subscription, click here to sign up), elsewhere

(Listings via LiveSoccerTV)


Guardiola said the entire squad would be traveling to London, so we have no idea who starts and who stays on the bench. We do know that Ilkay Gundogan, John Stones and Bacary Sagna miss out through injury, but Gabriel Jesus is back way ahead of schedule and could even start on Sunday. The Brazilian broke his foot two months ago and was supposed to be out for the rest of the season, but his commitment to treatment and recovery brought him back in time for the biggest match of the season.

We have some idea of probable starters, including Claudio Bravo in goal, Vincent Kompany at center-back, Jesús Navas at right-back, David Silva behind Sergio Agüero, Leroy Sané on the left, Kevin De Bruyne somewhere on the pitch. But we really need to wait Pep's official team news, and we also wait to know if Arsene Wenger will try three at the back again.


Arsenal: Cech; Gabriel, Koscielny, Holding; Chamberlain, Ramsey, Xhaka, Monreal; Özil, Alexis; Giroud

Man City: Bravo; Navas, Kompany, Otamendi, Clichy; Fernandinho, De Bruyne; Sterling, Silva, Sané; Agüero


Chelsea, we're coming for you. 3-1 City.