Arsenal VS Manchester City final LIVE Football Score 1 Jan 2022
As always, the official Man City app offers comprehensive coverage of all the action before, during and after our Emirates Stadium clash. Our Matchday Centre gets under way at 10:30am, providing minute-by-minute text updates as well as analysis, stats, reaction and the best bits of social media. And our City-focused show, Matchday Live, starts around one hour later, with special guests Richard Dunne and Paul Dickov offering their expert insight on all digital platforms. Once the match begins, live radio commentary with Alistair Mann and Michael Brown can also be accessed on the app while those with push notifications turned on will also be alerted to both team news and when any goals go in at the Emirates Stadium.
At full time, a detailed report on proceedings plus reaction from Pep Guardiola and players will be made available, as well as a comprehensive highlights package later in the afternoon. Those with a CITY+ subscription can also enjoy a full-match replay of all the action from midnight following the game. City ended 2021 with ten successive Premier League victories thanks to a slender 1-0 win away to Brentford. Phil Foden’s side-footed volley from an inch-perfect Kevin De Bruyne cross proved to be the difference at the Brentford Community Stadium. Guardiola’s men went close to a second when Foden glanced a header just wide of the far post, before De Bruyne struck the foot of the post from distance in an exciting second half.
Aymeric Laporte headed home late on, but a VAR review spotted the defender in an offside position, meaning we had to settle for a single-goal victory. Guardiola’s men sit eight points clear at the top of the Premier League table following our 1-0 win over Brentford in our last match. Since defeat to Crystal Palace on 30 October, we have won all ten matches in the English top flight, scoring 31 times in the process. Arsenal also come into the tie on a rich vein of form, winning each of their last four matches. Mikel Arteta’s men sit fourth in the table, with 11 victories from 19 game so far this season.
Arsenal faced plenty of criticism in the opening months of the 2021-22 campaign, but it has been a positive few weeks for the Gunners, who have won each of their last five matches in all competitions, including four straight Premier League victories over Southampton, West Ham, Leeds United and Norwich City.
Mikel Arteta’s side have actually scored 14 times in their last three matches, having thumped Sunderland 5-1 in the EFL Cup on December 21 before putting five goals past Norwich in the league on Boxing Day.
The Gunners had been due to take on Wolverhampton Wanderers in the league on December 28, but the match had to be postponed due to coronavirus issues in the Wolves camp. Nevertheless, the North London club have still played 19 Premier League matches during the 2021-22 campaign.
A record of 11 wins, two draws and six defeats has brought them 35 points, which is enough for fourth position, four points clear of fifth-placed West Ham, but Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United will also both believe that they are firmly in the top-four race at this stage of the campaign.
There will be no Arteta on the touchline for this match, with the Spaniard testing positive for coronavirus, and there has allegedly been an outbreak among the staff at the club.
Man City, meanwhile, will enter this weekend’s contest off the back of a 1-0 win over Brentford on Wednesday night, with Phil Foden scoring the only goal of the contest against Thomas Frank’s side.
The Citizens have now been victorious in each of their last 10 league matches, which has seen them rise to the top of the table, collecting 50 points from their opening 20 matches of the 2021-22 campaign.
Pep Guardiola’s side are eight points clear of second-placed Chelsea and nine clear of third-placed Liverpool, and second will welcome third in the league on Sunday, so Man City could be even further clear at the summit heading into the next set of fixtures in England’s top flight.
The reigning English champions will take on Swindon Town in the FA Cup on January 7 before hosting Chelsea in the league on January 15, and there is a danger that they could start to run away at the summit.
Man City have won 11 of their last 12 matches against Arsenal in all competitions, including a 5-0 victory in the reverse match at the Etihad Stadium earlier this season, while they have not lost against the Gunners in the Premier League since December 2015.
As much as Arsenal have improved, and as good as their home record is – only Manchester City’s is better this season – there is still a huge gulf between these two sides. The difference is not going to be as big as it was when City beat the Gunners 5-0 at Etihad Stadium in August, but taking on the leaders is a heck of an ask for Arsenal’s young side. When I look at how City have been playing during their run of 10 straight league wins, I can only think this is going to be victory number 11.
Arsenal have lost the past nine league meetings – their longest ever losing streak against a particular club. Manchester City are on a run of six straight away victories at the Emirates Stadium, including four in the Premier League. The Gunners have failed to score in their previous five top-flight games with City, one short of their longest such streak against any opponent.
Takehiro Tomiyasu, Cedric Soares and Callum Chambers missed the win at Norwich because of positive tests and are likely to remain unavailable. Ainsley Maitland-Niles may return to contention after recovering from Covid. Manchester City could welcome back Kyle Walker after four games out with an unspecified fitness issue. John Stones and Rodri have been absent for the last two matches, leaving their availability in doubt, while it remains to be seen whether Joao Cancelo travels to London. The Portuguese full-back has revealed he suffered cuts to his face after being attacked during a robbery at his family home on Thursday.