Manchester City v Arsenal: match preview

Arsenal fans have been somewhat divided over the strength of the side Mikel Arteta put out in the Carabao Cup second round this week. Some are glad he took it seriously enough to still be in the tournament; others wondering how has it come to this in a cup Arsène Wenger used to give talented youngsters first-team exposure. Either way the 6-0 shellacking of West Brom has at least put a little swagger into Arsenal’s stride as they travel to take on the champions without a league goal or point on the board. Manchester City recovered from their limp opening-day defeat at Tottenham by trouncing Norwich last week and even without Harry Kane or Cristiano Ronaldo they should have the attacking armoury to extend Arsenal’s poor start. Paul Chronnell

Saturday 12.30pm BT Sport 1

Venue Etihad Stadium

Last season Manchester City 1 Arsenal 0

Referee Martin Atkinson

This season G2 Y5 R0 2.5 cards/game

Odds H 3-10 A 13-1 D 6-1

MANCHESTER CITY
Subs from Steffen, Carson, Palmer, Bernabé, Aké, Zinchenko, Fernandinho, Sandler, Torres, Stones, Silva, Doyle

Doubtful None

Injured Foden (ankle, Sep), De Bruyne (ankle, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y2 R0

Form LW

Leading scorers Grealish, Laporte, Mahrez 1

ARSENAL
Subs from Okonkwo, Bellerín, Torreira, Maitland-Niles, Tavares, Nelson, Elneny, Balogun, Kolasinac, Martinelli, Pépé, Chambers, White, Lacazette

Doubtful White (match fitness)

Injured Gabriel (match fitness, Sep), Partey (ankle, Sep), Nketiah (ankle, Sep), Willian (Covid, unknown), Rúnarsson (Covid, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y3 R0

Form LL

Leading scorer n/a