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Arsenal at Manchester City preview: we back

Tomorrow, we wake up on a matchday for the first time in more than three months.

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The glorious day is (almost) here. Tomorrow, Arsenal travel to face Manchester City at the Etihad, and the Premier League resumes after more than 100 days shutdown due to coronavirus. The Gunners have a mad dash to the finish with 10 league matches in a little more than a month’s worth of time. Tomorrow’s match kicks off what is the 8th most difficult run-in (based on opponent’s current table position) of any team in the PL.

So here’s a quick refresher for you. Manchester City are still good — one of the best teams in Europe. Arsenal haven’t lost in 10 league matches this calendar year. The Gunners have a small, outside shot at making the Champions League and a decent chance at making the Europa League. Arsenal sit 9th in the table, 8 points adrift of Chelsea in 4th and 5 back of Manchester United in 5th. Tomorrow’s match is a game-in-hand over all the teams ahead of the Gunners save Manchester City (obviously) and Sheffield United.

There’s also that whole Mikel Arteta was Pep Guardiola’s assistant coach for three-and-a-half years at Manchester City thing. Minor detail.

Both sides have gotten healthier over the three month layoff. Leroy Sane, who tore his ACL in the Community Shield in August, is ready to go for City. The Citizens also have Aymeric Laporte and Benjamin Mendy back fit.

Kieran Tierny, Sead Kolasinac, and Hector Bellerin are all back to full fitness for the Gunners. Lucas Torreira is back in training after his ankle fracture against Portsmouth but won’t be available tomorrow. Cedric Soares is no longer listed on the injury report but did not play in either of Arsenal’s friendlies and is not expected to feature. Calum Chambers is still out, rehabbing from his ACL tear.

The Premier League is back. Let’s go.

WHAT: Arsenal at Manchester City
WHERE: The Etihad, Manchester
WHEN: Wednesday, June 17th 12:15 PM PT | 3:15 PM ET | 8:15 PM BT
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