Everything about this match screams unwinnable—City need the three points to keep up with title rivals Liverpool and to avenge their loss last Tuesday to Newcastle United, and they’ve been stellar at home; meanwhile, Arsenal’s road record isn’t great, and now half of their first-choice defense is out with various injuries.
So what chance do the Gunners have of walking away with any points at all? Probably not much, but certainly more than zero. Crazy things can happen—that’s why they bother playing the games.
Hector Bellerin, fresh off of ACL surgery, will be out for the rest of the season, and Sokratis will be spending a few weeks on the sidelines with an ankle injury. Laurent Koscielny and Dinos Mavropanos have been training and could start, as could new loanee Denis Suarez. Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are both doubtful.
City will be most likely be missing Vincent Kompany and Benjamin Mendy, but everyone else seems to be healthy.
WHAT: Arsenal vs. Manchester City
WHERE: The Etihad
WHEN: Sunday, February 3rd 8:30 AM PT | 11:30 AM ET | 4:30 PM BT
US TV: NBCSN. Stream here.
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LINEUPS: Those will be here about an hour before kickoff.