Man City vs Arsenal lineups, starting 11, team news: Stones, Saka, De Bruyne and Walker in battle to be fit

Manchester City vs. Arsenal this weekend will help shape the outcome of the Premier League 2023/24 campaign.

With these sides clashing at the top of the table for the second straight season, Mikel Arteta’s Gunners travel to Manchester with a one-point advantage over Pep Guardiola’s men.

City are on a 13-game unbeaten league run, while Arsenal are enjoying an eight-game win streak in England’s top flight. Something has got to give, and both sides are also looking over their shoulders at Liverpool, who are themselves only being kept off top spot by goal difference.

These two teams come into this one hot off the international break, giving lots of time for both managers to work on their tactical approach.

But with the midweek internationals also comes some injury concerns. Kyle Walker was one of the England internationals to withdraw from the Three Lions’ squad, along with Bukayo Saka. That throws their availability in doubt ahead of Sunday’s game. 

The Sporting News looks at the latest team news and predicted lineups for this huge Premier League clash.

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Man City vs Arsenal lineups, starting 11s, latest team news

The news of Walker’s injury setback saw the right-back returning to Man City for hamstring treatment, ruling him out of England’s friendly with Belgium after limping off against Brazil.

His defensive partner John Stones started for the Three Lions against Belgium but only lasted 10 minutes and was substituted for Joe Gomez. It’s too soon to know whether he’ll be available for the Premier League game or not at this stage.

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Manuel Akanji reportedly pulled out of international duty for Switzerland on Tuesday, leaving more problems for Guardiola at the back.

Add those two injuries to add to the existing problems for Ederson, Kevin De Bruyne and Jack Grealish mean that City may have to start an unfamiliar lineup. 

The full injury status for those players is yet to be confirmed, but if that clutch of stars were to miss out, here is how City may lineup:

Man City predicted XI (4-2-3-1, right to left): Ortega (GK) — Lewis, Stones, Dias, Ake — Rodri, Kovacic — Foden, Alvarez, Silva — Haaland.

Man City subs: TBC

  • Injured: Kevin De Bruyne, Ederson, Jack Grealish, Manuel Akanji, Kyle Walker
  • Suspended: None.

Like City, Arsenal have a few international injuries to contend with. Gabriel Magalhaes withdrew from the Brazil squad, however, he is expected to be fit and join William Saliba in the backline.

Saka left England’s squad but that is thought to have been precautionary, and he seems likely to start back in action for his club.

Gabriel Jesus has struggled with knee problems in recent months, but a return to his former side is on the cards. 

Arsenal predicted XI (4-3-3, right to left): Raya (GK) — White, Saliba, Gabriel, Kiwior — Rice, Jorginho, Odegaard — Jesus, Havertz, Saka.

Arsenal subs: TBC

  • Injured: Jurrien Timber, Gabriel Martinelli
  • Suspended: None.

Man City vs Arsenal live stream, TV channel

Here’s how to watch this Premier League match across selected areas of the world’s major regions:

Region TV Streaming
USA NBC, Universo Fubo, NBC Sports App, Universo NOW, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo
Canada

Fubo Canada

UK

Sky Sports Main Event,

Sky Sports Premier League

Sky Go, NOW
Australia Optus Sport
India JioTV, Hotstar
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USA: This game is available on the NBC USA Network with streaming options on Fubo. Spanish language options are on Universo and Telemundo.

Canada: Every Premier League game this season is live-streaming exclusively via Fubo.

Australia: Fans in Australia can stream every match live and on-demand on Optus Sport.

UK: This game is available via live broadcast on TNT Sports with streaming options on discovery+.

India: Premier League action is available to stream in India via JioTV and Hotstar. 

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