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.
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.
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.