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Premier League Preview: Arsenal v. Manchester City

Arsenal v Manchester City - The Emirates FA Cup Semi-Final

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: Sergio Aguero of Manchester City and Laurent Koscielny of Arsenal compete for the ball during the Emirates FA Cup Semi-Final match between Arsenal and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on April 23, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images,)

Mike Hewitt


  • Arsenal unbeaten in 31 of last 32 home fixtures vs. Citizens
  • Man City could be 1st club since 2005-06 to beat Gunners 3x in one season
  • Aguero going for 200th career City goal in all comps

Manchester City aims to build off of its first piece of silverware in the Carabao Cup against Arsenal on Thursday (Watch live at 2:45 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

The two sides, which just met over the weekend, will face off at the Emirates Stadium.

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be available for the Gunners, after not having featured in Sunday’s 3-0 defeat to Man City due to being cup-tied to Manchester United earlier in the season. However, the Gunners will almost surely be without Nacho Monreal, who suffered a back injury in the loss.

Meanwhile, the Citizens won’t have Fernandinho -- who went off injured in the match with a hamstring strain -- Raheem Sterling or Fabian Delph.

What they’re saying

Arsene Wenger on Sunday’s Carabao Cup loss: “We are very disappointed because we lost an important game [on Sunday]. We need to recover and prepare for the next challenge. It was a tight game until 2-0. City had three shots on target and we had two. We have to turn the decisive moments into our favour. We played a bit apprehensive and we need to have more freedom. It is part of our job to respond and to focus on the next game. We must do that in a united way.”

Pep Guardiola on difficulty of facing Arsenal: “Arsenal is always a hard game. Maybe they have not been consistent this season but they are so strong at home. When I have been there, it is always tough. Forget about what you have done and move on to the next one. We won and are happy but we are thinking about tomorrow’s game. In May, we are going to think about the season.”

Prediction

Even without Sterling and a host of City players, they are the superior side. They have been all season. There’s no reason to believe this club’s historic campaign will be halted on Thursday. Arsenal 1-3 Man City