ETIHAD STADIUM, MANCHESTER — Manchester City and Arsenal square off in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Friday night in a game that could prove to be a phoney war thriller.
The Premier League’s top two are yet to face one another this season, with their previous meeting coming on New Year’s Day 2022, when Rodri snatched a stoppage-time winner for City at Emirates Stadium.
Since then, Mikel Arteta’s vibrant side have emerged as serious contenders for glory, opening up a five-point lead over City while holding a game in hand.
Can the reigning champions make a dent in Arsenal’s irresistible momentum in this blockbuster cup tie? Will what happens at the Etihad Stadium influence matters when the teams reconvene in north London two and a half weeks from now? It’s going to be fun finding out.
Sporting News is following the match and providing live score updates and commentary.
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Man City vs Arsenal live score
Man City vs Arsenal live updates, highlights from the FA Cup fourth round
1hr 40 mins from kickoff: It’s been over a year since City and Arsenal faced one another. On New Year’s Day at Emirates Stadium, Mikel Arteta’s side put in a sparkling display and led through a Bukayo Saka goal at the break. The hosts then lost their discipline and Gabriel was sent off (following a clash with future teammate Gabriel Jesus, no less) after Riyad Mahrez equalised from the penalty spot. City, in truth, still weren’t great with the man advantage but Rodri burgled a stoppage-time winner. He celebrated in front of the Arsenal fans, an angry punter threw a toilet roll at him, City went on to win the league and Arsenal failed to make the top four. It’s safe to say a lot has changed since then.
2 hours from kickoff: Hello and welcome to The Sporting News’ live coverage of a mouthwatering FA Cup fourth-round clash between Manchester City and Arsenal.
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Man City vs Arsenal lineups
Both managers will be looking to balance an important FA Cup game against their title challenges, with changes expected from Guardiola and Arteta.
City will make a late call on Phil Foden (foot) and Guardiola is expected to bring in regular cup goalkeeper Stefan Ortega, in place of Ederson.
Man City projected starting XI (4-3-3): Ortega (GK) — Lewis, Stones, Dias, Ake — Silva, Rodri, Gundogan — Mahrez, Haaland, Grealish
Arteta has no change on the injury front following Arsenal’s 3-2 Premier League win over at Manchester United last weekend and will probably make limited rotations.
Japan international Takehiro Tomiyasu could come in to allow Ben White to take a break from the starting XI.
Arsenal starting XI (4-3-3): Ramsdale (GK) — Tomiyasu, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko — Odegaard, Partey, Xhaka — Saka, Nketiah, Martinelli
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How to watch Man City vs. Arsenal
Here’s how to watch all of the action from this match in some of the major territories:
|UK||ITV 1, STV||ITVX, STV Player|
|New Zealand||Sky Sport 7 beIN Sports||beIN Sports Connect|
|Hong Kong||—||myTV SUPER, M Plus Live|
|Malaysia||Astro SuperSport 4||sooka, Astro Go|
UK: FA Cup matches in the UK are broadcast live on the BBC and ITV and their respective streaming services. ITV will show City vs. Arsenal.
USA: Fans in the USA can stream the match live via ESPN+.
Australia: Fans in Australia can stream matches live on Paramount+.
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