The Manchester City lineup that should start against Arsenal

The Manchester City lineup that should start against Arsenal

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City take on Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday looking to make it 18 wins in a row in all competitions.

The Citizens’ electric form has taken them ten points clear at the top of the Premier League, and the midweek 3-1 win over Everton was all the more impressive given the absence of Ilkay Gundogan – the most in-form player in the country.

In the Premier League alone, City have won 12 games in a row – trouncing rivals Liverpool 4-1 at Anfield, as well as dismantling Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham 3-0 at the Etihad. This time around, it’s a more familiar foe in Arteta and Arsenal – the Gunners boss having worked under Guardiola as his assistant for a number of years.

Here, 90min suggests the lineup City should pick to continue their hot streak.

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Ederson has been outstanding all season | Chloe Knott – Danehouse/Getty Images

Ederson (GK) – A whopping 14 Premier League clean sheets so far, the Brazilian is a no-brainer to start between the sticks.

Joao Cancelo (RB) – Has come to life in a City shirt this campaign, and is capable of playing anywhere. Provides a great threat when advancing into a midfield position and could destabilise Granit Xhaka and Dani Ceballos when he drops in.

John Stones (CB) – Another to have reignited his City career, Stones has been brilliant alongside Ruben Dias – keeping 11 clean sheets in 14 appearances to date.

Ruben Dias (CB) – The summer signing has been a revelation and is the crucial cog in City’s marvellous defence.

Oleksandr Zinchenko (LB) – The Ukrainian international has been a surprisingly bright spark in the Sky Blues’ defence, and is willingness to overload wide will cause problems.

Kevin De Bruyne (CM) – Came on for the last ten minutes against Everton in midweek and looked sharp. The Belgian could be fit enough to return for a good hour or so – oh, how we’ve missed that right foot.

Rodri (DM) – The Spaniard has been vital in the way City have dominated teams and has appeared in all but one Premier League game this season.

Ilkay Gundogan (CM) – The German suffered a slight groin strain in the 3-0 win over Tottenham recently, but will return here should he pass a fitness test.

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Raheem Sterling has visibly been enjoying his football recently | Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images

Riyad Mahrez (RW) – The Algerian always poses a threat form the right flank and proved it on Wednesday night, scoring a beautiful curling effort past Jordan Pickford.

Raheem Sterling (ST) – Could start through the middle for City, in what will likely be a free role. Has 13 goal contributions so far this season, a figure he’ll want to increase.

Phil Foden (LW) – With the reintroduction of De Bruyne, Foden may well be pushed out wide. The 20-year-old has been superb of late, showing the talent we’ve known all about for a long time.

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