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LIVE: Arsenal vs Manchester City – Joao Cancelo starts just days after being attacked by burglars as Pep Guardiola’s side look to go 11 points clear at the top with a win against the in-form Gunners

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  • Arsenal team: Ramsdale, Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tierney, Partey, Xhaka, Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli, Lacazette 
  • Manchester City team: Ederson, Joao Cancelo, Dias, Laporte, Ake, De Bruyne, Rodri, Bernardo Silva, Mahrez, Gabriel Jesus, Sterling  
  • Joao Cancelo starts for Manchester City days after being attacked by burglars 
  • Latest Premier League news, including live action and results
  • Premier League table – as it stands

Manchester City have the opportunity to open up a commanding 11-point lead at the top of the Premier League as they head to Arsenal in the first action of 2022.

Pep Guardiola’s side are in imperious form, winning their last 10 league games to gallop ahead of Chelsea and Liverpool.

But Mikel Arteta’s resurgent team won’t be brushed aside – they have won their last five games in all competitions to strengthen their grip on a top four place.

Arteta won’t be in attendance at the Emirates as he completed a Covid isolation period but will be in communication with the side.  

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Matt Barlow at the Emirates Stadium: Feels like a lovely spring day here
 
Nketiah is latest Arsenal player out with Covid.
 
Mo Farah here in the crowd, looking fresh, don’t think he went out last night

Kick-off will be held back a couple of minutes because of a reshuffle of the match officials. The assistant referee Constantine Hatzidakis has picked up and injury and will be replaced on the line by fourth official Kevin Friend. He will also be replaced, hence the delay as the players wait in the tunnel.

So this can be viewed as a real acid test of how far Arsenal have actually come under Mikel Arteta this season. There is probably no tougher test in world football right now than Manchester City.

That’s especially true given Arsenal have lost their last NINE league meetings against Pep Guardiola’s side. Talk about an inferiority complex.

Both sides are in sparkling form – City have won their last 10 league games and Arsenal five in all competitions – so this first match of 2022 promises to be a cracker.

Arsenal: Ramsdale, Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tierney, Partey, Xhaka, Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli, Lacazette
Substitutes: Leno, Smith Rowe, Maitland-Niles, Holding, Cedric, Pepe, Tavares, Sambi Lokonga, Elneny

Manchester City: Ederson, Joao Cancelo, Dias, Laporte, Ake, De Bruyne, Rodri, Bernardo Silva, Mahrez, Gabriel Jesus, Sterling
Substitutes: Walker, Gundogan, Grealish, Steffen, Fernandinho, Kayky, Mbete-Tabu, Palmer, McAtee

Referee: Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire)

Albert Stuivenberg has spoken on BT Sport a few moments ago.

On communicating with Covid-stricken Mikel Arteta
Of course, he is still very much active only from a different spot today. We have clear communication and we discussed the way we want to do that. He is at home pacing the room but he will be taking the team.

On the challenge posed by City
We all know the qualities of City, they are one of the best teams in Europe. It will be a very big challenge for us today, we know that. They are in great form, but so are we.


Pep Guardiola speaking on the subject on BT Sport just now: ‘It was a real tough moment for him and his family. It is really scary. Unfortunately it happened and he feels good, he is good, was ready to play.’


For all his coaching credentials and winner’s medals, Albert Stuivenberg is perhaps most widely known by Arsenal fans for his love of AirPods.

Stood alongside Mikel Arteta in the technical area, Stuivenberg often looks cool, calm and collected as he receives information from analysts through his beloved earphones.

It has become a unique enough look to earn him the nickname ‘AirPod Albert’ among supporters.

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Manchester City look like a Covid-proof winning machine. They are more prepared for disruptions than any other team in the Premier League because of the way their manager Pep Guardiola constantly evolves his side, regardless of who is or isn’t available.

It was back on October 30 when City last lost, a 2-0 defeat by Crystal Palace. At that time they were third, Liverpool second and Chelsea first.

These three juggernauts are still jostling for supremacy but City have taken a nice lead at the top. They’ve gone into overdrive, winning 10 in a row and scoring 31 goals in the process. Amid that run they have never played the same XI in consecutive games.

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One of the greatest Premier League teams we have seen was the Manchester United team who won the treble in 1998-99. That team won the title with 79 points.

More than two decades on, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side are on a trajectory that would earn them three more points than that total.

In terms of trying to claim this year’s championship, it is not likely to be anywhere near enough. This says much about the standards set in what we could describe as the Manchester City era.

The reaction to Liverpool’s defeat at Leicester on Tuesday may have felt a little extreme. Liverpool played well enough against a good side but, unusually for them, did not take their chances.

But the reaction was as such simply because we live in an age where defeat represents disaster for any side hoping to beat City to the title.

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Manchester City defender Joao Cancelo has been handed a start against Arsenal this afternoon, just days after he was attacked in his own home by four burglars.

The full back has been left with facial injuries, which were inflicted by the intruders.

He fought back against them with his partner, Daniela, and their two-year-old daughter inside the house – although his jewellery collection was stolen.

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Ramsdale, Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tierney, Partey, Xhaka, Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli, Lacazette.
Substitutes: Leno, Smith Rowe, Maitland-Niles, Holding, Cedric, Pepe, Tavares, Sambi Lokonga, Elneny.

Three changes made then by Pep Guardiola with the headline being that Phil Foden is missing from the squad.

We will bring you the confirmed team line-ups in a couple of minutes.

Kieran Tierney features on the front cover of today’s match programme at the Emirates as he celebrates putting them two up in the 5-0 win at Norwich on Boxing Day.

Arsenal have lost their last nine Premier League games against Manchester City since a 2-2 draw in April 2017 – it’s their longest ever losing run against an opponent in their league history.

Man City have won each of their last four away league games against Arsenal, by an aggregate score of 9-0. It’s as many victories as the Citizens had picked up in their previous 50 league visits to Highbury/Emirates Stadium combined (W4 D14 L32).

Arsenal have failed to score in their last five Premier League games against Man City – only against Chelsea (6 between 2013 and 2016) and Liverpool (6 between 1997 and 2000) have the Gunners failed to score in more consecutive league games against an opponent.

Manchester City have opened the scoring in the first 15 minutes in all five of their Premier League away games against Arsenal under manager Pep Guardiola, netting in the first two minutes in each of the last two seasons.

Arsenal have only lost one of their last 10 Premier League games on New Year’s Day (W8 D1), going down 2-0 at Southampton in 2015. At home, the Gunners are unbeaten in 11 New Year’s Day games (W9 D2) since a 2-1 loss against Tottenham in 1985.

Adrian Kajumba: When Mikel Arteta first contracted Covid-19 in March 2020, it sent Arsenal into lockdown and led to football’s three-month shutdown.

Among their immediate priorities back then, along with the health of their manager, was rushing out gym equipment to their players’ houses so they could maintain fitness.

Fast forward 21 months and it is very much game on this time after Arteta was struck down by Covid once again.

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As usual at this time of year, the fixture list is all a bit higgledy-piggledy with the games spread out mostly for TV coverage.

Covid is another complicating factor, of course, with Leicester City vs Norwich City falling victim today after an outbreak of cases in the Canaries’ camp.

We do have three games, however, and then a further four tomorrow (we’ve lost Southampton vs Newcastle).

And this matchday comes to a conclusion with Man United vs Wolves on Monday, which is, of course, another Bank Holiday.

It goes without saying you can follow all of these with us here on MailOnline Sport.

TODAY
Arsenal vs Manchester City (12.30pm)
Watford vs Tottenham Hotspur (3pm)
Crystal Palace vs West Ham United (5.30pm)

TOMORROW
Brentford vs Aston Villa (2pm)
Everton vs Brighton and Hove Albion (2pm)
Leeds United vs Burnley (2pm)
Chelsea vs Liverpool (4.30pm)

MONDAY
Manchester United vs Wolverhampton Wanderers (5.30pm)

It’s only right we begin with a peek at the league table entering 2022.

As you can see, it really is looking like City’s title to lose. Those favourable midweek results – they won at Brentford as Liverpool lost and Chelsea only drew – has given them an eight points lead and put them in the box seat.

If that is extended to 11 this afternoon it really will be a psychological blow to their title rivals.

Arsenal, meanwhile, occupy the one all-too-familiar position of fourth and can halve the deficit to Liverpool in third if they win as well as keeping West Ham, Man United and Spurs below them at arm’s length.

While fourth came to represent failure in the Arsene Wenger’s final decade at the club, they’d certainly take it and a return to Champions League football this season.

Happy New Year one and all and welcome to the first Premier League action of 2022.

I hope your head isn’t too sore from last night’s revelry and you can settle down and enjoy what should be a pretty entertaining start to the year’s fixture list.

It may only be January 1 but Manchester City have the opportunity to move 11 points clear at the top of the table if they take all three points from their trip to Arsenal this afternoon.

Should they do that, Chelsea and Liverpool, the other title contenders who meet tomorrow at Stamford Bridge, will truly have a mountain to climb.

There has been no stopping Pep Guardiola’s side in recent weeks as they have won their last 10 league games to take this commanding lead.

But nothing is assured today against an Arsenal side in excellent from themselves and with real ambitions to return to the Champions League.

The Gunners will be without their manager Mikel Arteta as he serves a period of Covid isolation today but he has prepared the team and they won’t roll over for City as has been the case in quite a few recent meetings.

So welcome along to our live coverage of what is a 12.30pm kick-off in north London. Plenty of build-up and the team news to come before the action begins so stay tuned.



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