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Arsenal host league leaders Manchester City in the first Premier League match in 2022 on Saturday lunchtime.

The Gunners were at the end of a flattering 5-0 draw when they met City away in their third game of the season. But only one side in England’s highest league has accumulated more points than Arsenal (35) since the foggy route in August – even if that team happens to be Manchester City (44).

Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming reunion.

When is kick off? Saturday, January 1, 12:30 PM (GMT)Where is the match played? Emirates StadiumTV channel / livestream? BT Sport (UK), UNIVERSO (USA), DAZN (Canada)Highlights? BT Sport / Sky Sports Football YouTube, Today’s Match (22.45 – BBC One)Judge? Stuart AttwellWHERE? Jarred Gillett

? Mikel Arteta will miss our match against Manchester City on New Year’s Day, after testing positive for covid-19

– Arsenal (@Arsenal) 29 December 2021

Arsenal’s most notable absence for City’s arrival will no longer be exiled captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (provided his exile continues) after manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for Covid-19.

Elsewhere, the spread of the virus within Arsenal’s squad has mainly been limited to the team’s right backs, with all three Calum Chambers, Takehiro Tomiyasu and Cedric Soares on the sidelines. These absences could force Ben White back to the broad role he played against Norwich City.

The more natural defender Sead Kolasinac is still some distance away from returning to strengthen Arsenal’s alternative side defense.

You can read Arsenal’s expected line-up here.

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– Manchester City (@ManCity) December 28, 2021

Rodri missed his second match on the spin when City worked for victory against Brentford on Wednesday night. The English defensive duo Kyle Walker and John Stones both had their absences extended, although the latter may well be on the verge of a return to the squad at least.

You can read Man City’s expected line-up here.

During more than 200 competition meetings, Arsenal came out on top with 98 victories (D45 L61). However, the Gunners have had to endure a particularly difficult run against Pep Guardiola’s team in recent years.

Arsenal enter the competition in a sequence of nine straight league losses against City, the longest losing streak the club has ever played against the same team in more than a century of top-flight football.

? Working towards 2022

? London Colney pic.twitter.com/eYRgrWg2KI

– Arsenal (@Arsenal) 29 December 2021

While Arsenal bounce into the match with five straight victories over all competitions and sit in fourth place, their season has been a story of beating the division’s fighters and imploding against the elite.

Manchester City – who are on ten straight Premier League wins themselves – emphatically top the latter category. A bit of optimism for the Gunners is that Guardiola’s team has been given half the rest time for their hosts after the postponement of Arsenal’s match against Wolves.

However, the league leaders are still comfortable favorites in a match Arsenal can take positively off if they avoid a humiliation.

Prediction: Arsenal 1-3 Manchester City

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