Manchester City and Arsenal go head to head to kick off the FA Cup fourth round and there is a very real chance that whoever wins this game could go on to lift the trophy.
The Gunners have been winning the battle in the Premier League so far, topping the standings by five points with a game in hand at the halfway stage of the season. But City have won each of the last times these two have met, with Arsenal’s last victory back in July 2020 – in the FA Cup.
Here’s 90min’s preview of the tie.
Man City vs Arsenal H2H Results (Last Five Games)
Current Form (Last Five Games)
Man City team news
Phil Foden has been nursing a painful foot problem but Manchester City don’t otherwise have any injuries to report. Expect a few changes from the side that beat Wolves last weekend, though.
Man City predicted lineup (4-3-3): Ortega; Walker, Laporte, Akanji, Gomez; Silva, Rodri, Gundogan; Mahrez, Alvarez, Grealish.
Arsenal team news
There could be a full Arsenal debut for £27m signing Leandro Trossard following an initial debut off the bench against Manchester United. Jakub Kiwior could also be involved at some point.
Gabriel Jesus and Reiss Nelson remain the only confirmed absences for Mikel Arteta, although Mohamed Elneny is still a doubt after missing the last couple of games.
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Arsenal predicted lineup (4-3-3): Turner; Tomiyasu, Saliba, Holding, Zinchenko; Odegaard, Partey, Xhaka; Trossard, Nketiah, Martinelli.
These teams are still yet to meet this season so it is difficult to know how a vastly improved Arsenal will fare against a side that has had a complete stranglehold over them for the past couple of years.
City appear to have bounced back from a mini wobble, making light work of Wolves in their last encounter following a comeback victory over Tottenham and back-to-back defeats against Manchester United and Southampton before that.
Arsenal are in better form overall and should be flying on confidence. But their may be a temptation from both managers to rotate slightly to preserve freshness for the Premier League.
If the Gunners do lose here and get knocked out of the FA Cup it might actually suit them in a way because it will put even more focus on staying top of the Premier League.
Prediction: Man City 1-0 Arsenal