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Arsenal vs Man City lineups, starting 11s, team news for Premier League title showdown as Partey misses out

For a mid-February Premier League match, it’s hard to imagine higher stakes than what Arsenal and Manchester City face as they clash at the Emirates Stadium in a midweek meeting.

The Gunners sit three points atop the Premier League table with a game in hand, but Man City can overtake the league leaders with victory in this match, thanks to their superior goal differential. Arsenal would still remain in the driver’s seat, but the lead has shrunk from eight points to three, and any less of a gap would really turn up the heat.

Arsenal, meanwhile, could reverse their fortunes by securing what would be a landmark and memorable victory. The Gunners have lost six straight to Man City in all competitions and 13 of their last 14, while Mikel Arteta has not experienced early success against his former mentor Pep Guardiola, with just one win in six all-time meetings.

In a surprise bit of team news, in-form Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey was confirmed out for the match due to a muscular injury, a big blow to the Gunners just hours before kickoff. Below are the lineups for both teams.

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Arsenal vs Man City lineups, team news

Mikel Arteta and Pep Guardiola could both be missing their talisman strikers in this match, but each club possesses the necessary depth to push through the absences.

Arsenal have been forced to live without Gabriel Jesus for months, and Eddie Nketiah has stepped up in a big way, scoring key goals for the club.

Man City, meanwhile, are sweating the fitness of breakout star Erling Haaland, who is on pace to shatter the Premier League single-season goalscoring record. Thankfully for Guardiola, Julian Alvarez is ready to step in if needed, as the Argentinian youngster was exceptional at the World Cup and has filled in admirably when necessary.

Below are the starting lineups for both teams ahead of their match at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday, February 15.

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Arsenal starting 11: Thomas Partey out

Arsenal lineup (4-3-3): Aaron Ramsdale (GK) — Takehiro Tomiyasu, William Saliba, Gabriel, Oleksandr Zinchenko — Martin Odegaard, Jorginho, Granit Xhaka — Bukayo Saka, Eddie Nketiah, Gabriel Martinelli.

  • Out: Gabriel Jesus, Mohamed Elneny, Emile Smith Rowe, Thomas Partey.
  • Suspended: None.

Long-term absentees Gabriel Jesus and Mohamed Elneny remain out for this match, and Emile Smith Rowe is still working back from a thigh injury, but otherwise Arsenal have a fully fit squad. Reiss Nelson has returned to training in his recovery from a thigh problem, but this match may come just a tad early for the young winger.

Early on Wednesday, rumours began circulating that Thomas Partey was missing from the Arsenal squad. Those fears were confirmed just hours before, meaning Jorginho will make his first start since joining from Chelsea on deadline day

Arteta sprung a minor surprise at right-back, where Takehiro Tomiyasu was preferred to Ben White.

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Man City starting 11

Man City lineup (3-2-2-3): Ederson (GK) — Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias, Nathan Ake — Rodri, Bernardo Silva — Riyad Kevin de Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan — Riyad Mahrez, Erling Haaland, Jack Grealish.

  • Out: John Stones.
  • Suspended: None.

Nathan Ake, who scored the only goals when these sides met in the FA Cup last month, replaced Aymeric Laporte in City’s only change from the weekend win over Aston Villa. That means Bernardo Silva remains in a hybrid inverted left-back role.

The biggest availability focus for City, as usual, will be on star striker Erling Haaland who was withdrawn at halftime against Villa after taking a blow to his left thigh. The No. 9 is fit to start and Julian Alvarez will be primed on the bench if his problem flares up again. The only senior absentee for Guardiola is centre-back John Stones who has been sidelined for a few weeks with a hamstring injury.

Arsenal vs Man City live stream, TV channel

Given the game is one of the biggest and most important matches of the season, this crucial tie has been given the king broadcast treatment, on each broadcaster’s main platform. 

Full details are below for Man City’s trip to Arsenal with fans advised to check with their local broadcasters for full details on coverage.

  Date Time TV channel Streaming
USA Wed, Feb. 15 14:30 ET Peacock
UK Wed, Feb. 15 19:30 GMT Amazon Prime
Australia Thu, Feb. 16 06:30 AEST  — Optus Sport
Canada Wed, Feb. 15 14:30 ET  — fuboTV Canada
India Thu, Feb. 16 00:00 IST Star Sports Select 1 JioTV, Hotstar VIP
New Zealand Thu, Feb. 16 08:30 NZST Sky Sport Sky Go
Malaysia Thu, Feb. 16 03:30 MT Astro SuperSport 3 sooka, Astro Go
Singapore Thu, Feb. 16 03:30 SST Hub Premier 1 & 2 (Ch. 221-222) StarHub TV+
Hong Kong Thu, Feb. 16 03:30 HKST Now Premier League TV (Ch. 620-621) Now E, Now Player

UK: This Wednesday evening match in the UK will be carried by Amazon Prime’s streaming service.

USA: The match will only be available on streaming service Peacock.

Canada: Every Premier League game streams live and on demand exclusively via fuboTV.

Australia: Fans in Australia can stream matches live and on demand on Optus Sport


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