LIVE: Arsenal vs Manchester City

LIVE: Arsenal vs Manchester City

36′ Tierney teases a probing cross towards the back post, but Odegaard’s heavy touch takes it out of play.   

34′ Brilliant block from Holding! Fernandinho steals possession away from Xhaka before sliding Gundogan in behind the Arsenal defence! For a moment, it looks as though the midfielder will have a clean shot at goal, but Holding gets back to block it away from harm!

32′ Arsenal have started to restrict City a little more in the final third, but the away side remain in total control of this game.

30′ De Bruyne whips a hopeful cross into the box, but Holding’s there to head it away.  

28′ Mahrez goes close again! The attacker bursts into the box, before gliding inside Tierney and drilling a low shot that Holding desperately blocks to safety!

26′ Saka leads a dangerous Arsenal counter-attack, but his final pass towards Pepe is expertly cut out by Stones.  

24′ The away side continue to attack relentlessly down the right flank, but this time Tierney manages to poke it away from Mahrez inside the box.   

22′ Cancelo races onto Mahrez’s throughball and cuts it back into the six-yard box, but there’s no City attacker on hand and Arsenal clear.  

20′ Arsenal enjoy a long spell of possession in their own half as they begin to settle into the game.  

18′ Chance for Saka! Arsenal break down the left with a move that ends with Saka firing an effort from the edge of the box, that’s blocked by an offside Aubameyang! It’s difficult to say whether the shot was going to be on target, but it’s a frustrating bit of misfortune for the hosts nonetheless.    

16′ All the action is occurring in the Arsenal half right now as they look to stay in the game amidst City’s pressure.  

14′ De Bruyne tries to thread an incisive pass into the path of Gundogan, but the midfielder can’t quite reach it.  

12′ Arsenal attempt a rare foray forward, but Bellerin’s pass into the channel is too strong for Pepe and City clear. 

10′ The away side have been completely dominant so far: they’ve already had four shots to pair with 71 per cent possession.

8′ Chance for Mahrez! City continue to pile the pressure on Arsenal, as Mahrez cuts inside from the right before firing a dangerous shot from eight yards that flicks off Mari and wide!  

6′ Mahrez and Cancelo overwhelm Arsenal down the right flank again, allowing the latter to drill in a low cross that Holding hacks away.

4′ Well, this is an ominous start for Arsenal. City have looked threatening with every attack and the hosts are struggling to contain them right now.   

Manchester City

2′ That was a brilliant cross from Mahrez: he had a narrow window to aim for between the two centre-backs to find Sterling, but he picked him out perfectly!

Manchester City

2′ STERLING! 1-0! City’s early pressure pays off as Mahrez scoops in a deft cross, inviting the unmarked Sterling to steer an accurate header across Leno and into the top corner!

1′ Chance for Sterling! City begin with real intent as they sweep forward with a move that ends with Sterling slicing Mahrez’s dangerous cross wide at the back post!

1′ Manchester City get the first half under way.

The players are emerging from the tunnel and kick-off is just seconds away!

If Manchester City win today, they’ll equal their club record of 11 consecutive wins on the road from the 2017/18 season.

Manchester City make five changes after beating Everton last time out: Walker, Laporte, Foden, Rodrigo and Jesus are the ones to make way. Most notably, De Bruyne returns to the starting lineup after being unavailable over the last month with an injury.

Arsenal make four changes to the side that drew against Benfica during the week: Luiz, Gabriel, Ceballos and Smith Rowe all drop out.

SUBS: Gabriel Jesus, Zack Steffen, Ferran Torres, Benjamin Mendy, Rodrigo, Sergio Aguero, Aymeric Laporte, Kyle Walker, Phil Foden.

MANCHESTER CITY (4-3-3): Ederson; Joao Cancelo, Ruben Dias, John Stones, Oleksandr Zinchenko; Bernardo Silva, Fernandinho, Ilkay Gundogan; Riyad Mahrez, Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling.

SUBS: Emile Smith Rowe, Gabriel Martinelli, Dani Ceballos, Alexandre Lacazette, Cedric Soares, Mat Ryan, Gabriel Magalhaes, David Luiz, Willian.

ARSENAL (4-2-3-1): Bernd Leno; Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding, Pablo Mari, Kieran Tierney; Mohamed Elneny, Granit Xhaka; Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard, Nicolas Pepe; Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Manchester City, meanwhile, are looking imperious. They’re seven points clear at the top of the league after winning 17 straight matches across all competitions – they’ll be expecting to make that 18 today.

Hello and welcome to live commentary of this Premier League fixture between Arsenal and Manchester City. The hosts enter this one looking for a lift after a difficult start to the season; despite finding themselves 10th in the league, they’ve won three of their last six and they’ll be hoping for a shock victory today.

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