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Manchester City v Arsenal – The Opposition

An Early Look At The Gunners

Arsenal v Manchester City - FA Cup: Semi Final Photo by Matt McNulty - Manchester City/Manchester City FC via Getty Images

Manchester City welcome Arsenal to Manchester on Saturday lunchtime as they look to get their first home win of the season at the expense of the Gunners.

Arsenal ended their winless run against the blues when they beat City in the FA Cup semi-final on their way to lifting the trophy, and Mikel Arteta’s side have been in good form after the first four games of the season.

The Gunners are currently third in the league, having won three of their opening fixtures and have only lost to Liverpool at Anfield in September. Arsenal started with a 3-0 win at new boys Fulham, before beating West Ham 2-1 at the emirates and disposing of Leicester in the League Cup.

A home win over Sheffield United lifted the club into fourth place and they also knocked Liverpool out of the League Cup on penalties as their resurgence under Arteta contiunues.

Who’s In And Out?

Arsenal had a very busy transfer window, bringing in Pablo Mari from Flamengo for £7.2m, while Cedric and Willian arrived on free transfers from Southampton and Chelsea respectively. The big signings came in the form of centre back Gabriel from Lille for £23m and the highly rated Thomas Partey, a £45m acquisition from Atletico Madrid.

The Gunners have held onto the majority of their team from last season, although Henrikh Mkhitaryan was released and Emiliano Martinez joined Aston Villa for £20m.

Danger Men

Alexandre Lacazette is leading the way with three goals in four games, converting half of his total amount of shots so far this season. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, City’s torturer in the semi-final, has scored two in five games so far.

Assists have come in the form of Willian and Hector Bellerin, who have two each already, while Aubameyang has one assist. The pass master so far though is Dani Ceballos, who has made 283 passes with a pass accuracy of 86%

Who’s The Boss

Former City number two Mikel Arteta is at the helm of the Gunners and will be looking to put another one over his former mentor Pep Guardiola at the weekend.