Premier League champions Manchester City will host table toppers Arsenal on Friday night in the pick of the FA Cup fourth round clashes.
Pep Guardiola’s side are five points from the summit in the top-flight following the Gunners’ dramatic 3-2 win over Manchester United at the weekend.
City, who have won four titles in five years, are yet to play their biggest threat to domestic glory in any competition so far this term.
The club have dominated Arsenal since Guardiola took charge, winning 13 of their 16 meetings under the Spaniard.
But Mikel Arteta can take solace from the fact that one of Arsenal’s only two wins against his former mentor came under him and indeed it was on route to their FA Cup triumph in 2020.
Man City vs Arsenal: talkSPORT coverage
This FA Cup fourth round clash will take place on Friday, January 27.
Kick-off at the Etihad is scheduled for 8pm.
talkSPORT will have live and EXCLUSIVE commentary from Manchester, with Hugh Woozencroft serving as your host.
Commentary then comes from Jim Proudfoot and former England defender Stuart Pearce.
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Man City vs Arsenal: Team news
The hosts may once again be without Phil Foden due to a troublesome foot injury that sidelined him for their 3-0 win over Wolves last time out.
Rico Lewis was substituted during half-time of that game but Guardiola insisted it was for tactical reasons rather than any issue.
Arsenal are still without long-term absentees Gabriel Jesus, Reiss Nelson and Mohamed Elneny but otherwise have a fresh bill of health to contend with.
Emile Smith Rowe could be given a rare start following is return from injury, while Leandro Trossard is in line to receive his full debut.
Manchester City vs Arsenal: What has been said?
Arteta was asked to sum up the first half of the season at the midway point following the win over Man United.
He replied: “Extraordinary, I would say! It doesn’t get much better than that, that’s the reality.
“I think we deserve the points that we have, I think we have played well enough to win most of the matches.
“But the reality as well is that we still have a lot of things that we can get much better at, attacking and defending in transitions, in set-pieces and that’s the aim.”
Manchester City vs Arsenal: Match facts
- Riyad Mahrez has been involved in seven goals in his last five FA Cup appearances for Man City (6 goals, 1 assist) and has netted a brace in each of his last two games at the Etihad (vs Fulham last February & Chelsea in this season’s third round).
- Arsenal lost their last FA Cup match against a fellow Premier League side, 1-0 at Southampton in the 2020-21 fourth round. They’ve not lost consecutive such meetings in the competition since January 2010 (vs Stoke) and March 2011 (vs Man Utd).
- Manchester City have won their last nine home matches in the FA Cup, scoring at least three goals in every win and 40 goals in total. The only other team to have won nine home games in a row while scoring 3+ goals in FA Cup history is Blackburn Rovers between 1881 and 1885, a run of 12.
- Arsenal have won their last four FA Cup games against Man City. They’ve reached the final every time they’ve eliminated the Citizens, winning the trophy on the last three occasions (1971, 2017, 2020).
- Man City have won 13 of their 16 meetings with Arsenal in all competitions under Pep Guardiola (D1 L2), only beating Burnley (14) more since the Spaniard took charge. However, both defeats in that run have come in the FA Cup.