12′ Arsenal deal with the corner well enough. It lands to Foden who clatters a shot against Pepe. City will get another corner.
10′ Arsenal waste possession by punting the ball straight through to Ederson in the City goal. Silva slips a pass through to Aguero. Gabriel comes across to block the cross. City get the first corner of the game.
8′ Arsenal are pressing City very high up in the pitch, making it difficult for the hosts to work their way forward. Saka nearly latches onto a throughball but slips at the vital moment, allowing Dias to recover.
7′ Man City beat Arsenal’s press and go on the attack. Mahrez hangs a short cross up for Aguero – who’s boasting platinum blonde hair these days – who can only nod over.
5′ Arsenal are seeing a lot of the ball early on, albeit mostly in their own half. Tierney sees space ahead of him down the left and bombs into it but Walker soon shuts him down.
3′ It looks like Willian is leading the line for Arsenal here, playing in a false nine position to give Aubamayang and Pepe room to burst down the flanks. Let’s see how that works out for the visitors.
2′ Man City race straight out of the traps to get a shot on goal. Mahrez flashes a shot wide from outside the box after latching onto Sterling’s pass.
1′ The two teams take the knee and Arsenal get things underway! The visitors are wearing their dark navy third kit.
The two sides take to the Etihad Stadium pitch. It’ll be interesting to see when Thomas can get onto the pitch today. The Ghana screener arrives with much pedigree from Atletico Madrid and is expected to add some much-needed bite to Arsenal’s midfield.
Man City will view this as a game they should win. City have beaten Arsenal in all of their last six Premier League meetings and are unbeaten against the Gunners in their last nine, scoring at least twice in each of those games. Arsenal have gotten better in the big games under Arteta though. Can the visitors prolong City’s sluggish start?
Guardiola makes four changes to the City side that drew 1-1 with Leeds a fortnight ago. Kevin De Bruyne is out after getting injured on international duty with Belgium but Aguero is back. There are three changes to the Arsenal side that beat Sheffield United last time out. Their new signing Thomas starts on the bench.
SUBS: Thomas Partey, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Alexandre Lacazette, Runar Alex Runarsson, Mohamed Elneny, David Luiz, Eddie Nketiah.
ARSENAL (4-3-3): Bernd Leno; Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding, Gabriel Magalhaes, Kieran Tierney; Dani Ceballos, Granit Xhaka, Bukayo Saka; Nicolas Pepe, Willian, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (c).
SUBS: Zack Steffen, Fernandinho, Ferran Torres, Liam Delap, Eric García, John Stones, Ilkay Gundogan.
MANCHESTER CITY (4-3-3): Ederson; Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias, Nathan Ake, Joao Cancelo; Bernardo Silva, Rodri, Phil Foden; Riyad Mahrez, Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling (c).
Arsenal head to Manchester sitting in fifth in the early Premier League table. Mikel Arteta’s team have made a strong start to their campaign and can be hopeful of staying in a similar position over the coming months. Maybe they can dream of more if they can get wins from games like this.
Man City start this game in the unfamiliar territory of the bottom half of the Premier League table after a slow start to their season. Pep Guardiola’s men have a game in hand though, and they’ll want to start rocketing up the table given champions Liverpool’s less than perfect start.
Hello! Welcome to our live text commentary of this Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium.