When is Arsenal vs Manchester City? All you need to know about Premier League title showdown
The particular circumstances of this Premier League season mean the title race has, so far, taken place at a distance.
All that will change this week when Arsenal host Manchester City in a rearranged fixture.
It will be the first time Mikel Arteta’s table-toppers face Pep Guardiola’s reigning champions in the league this term, with the game having been postponed ahead of its scheduled October 19 date.
This was a knock-on effect from the Gunners’ Europa League game against PSV being called off in September in the aftermath of Queen Elizabeth II’s death. That match was put in the October midweek slot originally reserved for the City game and the mid-season World Cup meant a swift rescheduling was not possible.
But the wait for Arsenal vs. Manchester City and the way the season has developed since last autumn in England means the stakes could not be higher, with the Gunners aiming for a first title since 2003/04 and Guardiola’s men looking to win three titles in a row — a feat only previously accomplished by Manchester United in the Premier League era.
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When is Arsenal vs Man City
Arsenal host City at Emirates Stadium on Wednesday, February 15.
The game will kick off at 7:30 p.m. local time in London and here is how you can watch the action unfold in some of the major territories around the globe.
|New Zealand||Sky Sport Premier League||Sky Go NZ, Sky Sport NOW|
|India||—||Jio TV, Hotstar VIP|
|Hong Kong||Now Premier League TV
|Malaysia||Astro Super Sport||
Astro GO, Sooka
|Singapore||Hub Premier 1 (Ch. 221)||StarHub TV+|
Arsenal vs Man City Premier League title race
Despite faltering with one point from their past two Premier League games, Arsenal still hold a three-point lead over City with a game in hand.
If Arsenal win…
Victory for Arteta’s side would unquestionably feel like a huge step towards glory. They would be six points clear of a City team that have been in patchy form since the World Cup.
The Gunners would have the chance to drive home the advantage when their game in hand comes around two weeks later, at home to Everton, although victory for Sean Dyche’s team when they met at Goodison Park earlier in February does lend a note of caution to that assignment.
|1.||Arsenal||54||22 of 38|
|2.||Man City||48||23 of 38|
If Man City win…
City would be top of the table on goal difference, with another game against Arsenal to come on their own patch.
Arsenal’s game in hand would still be hugely relevant to the conversation, but City getting back to the top of the table while not in their best form and engulfed by an off-field storm would feel like an ominous show of strength.
|1.||Man City||51||23 of 38|
|2.||Arsenal||51||22 of 38|
If it’s a draw…
They’d never admit it, but you’d expect old friends Arteta and Guardiola would each sign for this scenario given the chance. City would avoid falling too far behind and Arsenal would keep the destiny of the title in their own hands, with 15 and 16 league games left to play respectively.
|1.||Arsenal||52||22 of 38|
|2.||Man City||49||23 of 38|
Arsenal vs Manchester City in 2023
Arsenal and City have met already this calendar year, with Nathan Ake scoring the only goal as the Blues prevailed 1-0 in an FA Cup fourth-round tie on January 27.
Arteta made more changes to his first XI than Guardiola for that match, and Arsenal acquitted themselves well, creating the better chances during the first half before Netherlands defender Ake crowned a sublime display where he effectively shackled Bukayo Saka.
The return league game at the Etihad Stadium will take place on Wednesday, April 26. The ramification there could be absolutely colossal, as each team will have just five games remaining in the Premier League after the clash in Manchester.
There is no prospect of any further games between the sides in European competition this season, given City are in the Champions League and Arsenal are competing in the Europa League.
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Arsenal vs Manchester City history
Arsenal and City have played each other 206 times overall, with the Gunners holding sway by 98 victories to 63 in the historical head-to-head. There have been 45 draws.
However, City have dominated the fixture over recent years and are on a run of six consecutive wins against Arsenal since the north London side prevailed in the 2020 FA Cup semifinals.
That win at a behind-closed-doors Wembley during the coronavirus pandemic snapped a run of seven straight City victories.
You have to go back to December 2015 for the last time Arsenal won a Premier League game against City, with Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud getting the goals before Yaya Toure pulled one back for Manuel Pellegrini’s side.
In 13 Premier League games since then, City have won 11 — including each of the past 10 — and drawn two.