Important Premier League Game – Manchester City vs Arsenal

The English Premier League is the most popular soccer competition in the world. It attracts a huge amount of viewers for each game. The current season is very competitive, with Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool all being in contention to lift the trophy.

Arsenal currently is on top of the league due to scoring difference, having the same number of points as Liverpool. Manchester City has won the last three Premier League titles and is just one point behind the leaders.

Manchester City and Arsenal are playing each other on Sunday. The result could be very important in deciding which team wins the Premier League. The game is in the Etihad Stadium, so Manchester City has an advantage. It has rarely lost a game at its home ground in recent seasons.

This article will look at some of the recent news about injuries. There’s also a look at the chances of both teams ahead of the big game on Sunday afternoon.

Team News

Many of the players for both teams have played for their international sides in the lead-up to Sunday’s game. Pep Guardiola and Mikel Arteta will hope that none of their players suffer injuries and they are fit to play.

One of the main injury doubts for Manchester City is Kyle Walker. The 33-year-old came off injured after just 20 minutes of England’s match against Brazil on Saturday. City are hopeful that it is only a minor hamstring injury. It is not very serious, so he should be able to start the game against Arsenal.

Kyle Walker at the England v Brazil international match
IMAGO / Paul Marriott

City’s goalkeeper Ederson is still trying to recover from injury. He will be replaced by Stefan Ortega who doesn’t have many games in the blue jersey. Both Kevin De Bruyne and Jack Grealish did not travel with their international teams due to their groin injuries. Both players are expected to be ready to play against Arsenal after training this week.

Arsenal are dealing with some injury concerns of their own. Star player Bukayo Saka pilled out of England’s training camp as a precaution. He will still likely play on Sunday.

Gabriel Jesus is still doubtful to make his return against his old team. Knee injuries led to him only appearing off the bench in recent times. Finally, Gabriel Magalhães had to withdraw from the Brazil national squad this month but is still expected to line out at centre-back against Manchester City.

Who Will Win?

Both teams have been playing well recently. They will hope that the international break will not halt the momentum. Guardiola’s side came out on top in the meeting of the two sides at a similar point last season. This derailed Arsenal’s hopes to win the Premier League for the first time since 2003.

They did beat City 1-0 in October at the Emirates Stadium. The two teams appear to be very evenly matched, so it really could go either way.

City has a good track record of finishing the season strongly. Added to their stellar home record, it looks like the team in blue will narrowly win the game on Sunday.