Date: Saturday 28th August, 2021
Time: 12:30 pm
Stadium Etihad Stadium
Referee Martin Atkinson (England)
City are definitely without the services of Phil Foden until after the international break, while Kevin De Bruyne was not able to train before the win over Norwich and remains a doubt for the visit of Arsenal.
Sterling and Mahrez ought to be recalled to the side after finding the back of the net off the bench against Norwich, which could push Jack Grealish into a deeper role as wantaway midfielder Bernardo Silva drops out.
After struggling to displace John Stones for large portions of the 2020-21 season, Laporte should keep his place alongside Ruben Dias while his English counterpart continues to build up his match fitness.
Manchester City Premier League form: LW
Manchester City form (all competitions): LLW
Manchester City possible starting lineup:
Ederson; Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo; Rodri, Gundogan, Grealish; Mahrez, Jesus, Sterling
Arsenal have welcomed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette back from COVID-19 infection recently, but Arteta does not expect Ben White to make it in time, while Willian and Alex Runarsson remain doubtful but would not have started anyway.
Martin Odegaard’s visa was sorted in time for him to play an hour against West Brom, and his inclusion should shift Emile Smith Rowe out to the left-hand side while Bukayo Saka – assuming he can shake off a knee scare – features on the right.
Thomas Partey’s absence should see Albert Sambi Lokonga handed a start on the champions’ turf, while Gabriel Magalhaes is back in training but is not expected to return to action just yet, meaning that the Pablo Mari-Rob Holding partnership should resume.
Arsenal Premier League form: LL
Arsenal form (all competitions): LLW
Arsenal possible starting lineup:
Leno; Cedric, Holding, Mari, Tierney; Xhaka, Lokonga; Saka, Odegaard, Smith Rowe; Aubameyang
Prediction: Manchester City 3-1 Arsenal