Manchester City vs Arsenal: how and where to watch - times, TV, online
Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash between Manchester City and Arsenal as two former colleagues go head-to-head.
The third game of a jam-packed Premier League weekend sees master and apprentice pitted against each other as Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City face Arsenal, led by his former assistant Mikel Arteta, at the Etihad Stadium.
Manchester City vs Arsenal: Premier League preview
Many expected City to come roaring back after an underwhelming campaign last season but the Sky Blues are down in 14th having managed just one win in their opening three games. Worryingly, despite having spent over £100 million on Nathan Aké and Rúben Dias this summer they have conceded seven goals in three matches; none of which came against a top team.
The 2020/21 season is Pep Guardiola’s fifth in charge of City, the longest spell of his managerial career. In his previous posting at Bayern Munich players grew tired of his relentless intensity after three years and the Spaniard needs to avoid a repeat in Manchester. He is not helped by an injury to Kevin de Bruyne, sustained in the Nations League match against England last week, but Sergio Aguero should be fit to return to the side.
For the visitors the 2020/21 season has got off to a much better start with three wins from four with their only loss coming away at Anfield. Although Arsenal took the lead against Liverpool the 3-1 defeat extended their winless run in Premier League away games against the ‘Big Six’ to a massive 28 matches. However their last away league win against a top side came at the Etihad when they beat City 2-0 in 2015, although only Hector Bellerin remains from the Arsenal squad that day.
Mikel Arteta will be desperate to break that curse and is boosted by the addition of Thomas Partey, the former Atletico Madrid midfielder signed for £45 million this summer. The Gunners may be without Kieran Tierney though after the Scot was in close contact with Stuart Armstrong (who has since tested positive for covid-19) during the international break. Tierney has repeatedly tested negative for coronavirus but Scottish government regulations dictate that he should self-isolate as a precaution. Arsenal are in discussions with the Scottish FA but a final decision has not yet been made.
Manchester City vs Arsenal: what the managers have said
“[Arteta has] settled really well and the way his team is playing right now is perfect for the quality they have. He was able to get Arsenal back to the position they were a long time ago. He’s doing really well in all competitions and Mikel is a competitor and a fighter and all the people who love him are more than happy with what he is doing in London.
- Pep Guardiola, Manchester City manager
"We know what we have to do, we know the level of competition we are facing in this league. We are happy with the recruitment that we've done in this transfer window and we need to get better and better every week."
- Mikel Arteta, Arsenal manager
What time does Manchester City vs Arsenal kick off?
The Premier League fixture between Manchester City and Arsenal will kick off at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester on Saturday 17 October 2020 at the local time of 17:30 (BST).
That's 18:30 in Spain, 12:30 in New York, 09:30 in Los Angeles and 19:30 in Qatar.
Find out what time Manchester City vs Arsenal kicks off wherever you are in the world
How can I watch Manchester City vs Arsenal?
In Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States and Qatar the following television channels and online services will be broadcasting Manchester City vs Arsenal:
UK: SKY GO Extra, BBC Radio Manchester, Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Ultra HD
USA: Telemundo Deportes En Vivo, NBC Sports App, NBCSports.com, UNIVERSO, UNIVERSO NOW, NBC
Qatar: beIN Sports HD 1, beIN 4K Arabia, beIN SPORTS CONNECT, beIN Sports HD 2, beIN Sports HD 11