As it happened: Man City 5-0 Arsenal in Premier League
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14:5423 days ago

And that's a wrap!

Thank you for following this one with me! A thumping from City and Arsenal are at rock bottom. 

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14:5223 days ago

Aubameyang speaks his mind


14:5123 days ago

Guardiola fight Arteta's corner


14:4523 days ago

Goals and Highlights

14:4423 days ago

Arteta overcomplicating things?

Martin Keown thinks the manager might be overcomplicating the tactics. He might be right. Trying to replicate the Man City way at the Emirates was never going to be easy. 

There are big problems when you try to effortlessly play through the line with the personnel that Arsenal have. Chambers, Holding and Kolasinac are not top-six standard defenders. Leno has regressed. 

In attack, Arsenal have exciting players but it's too top-heavy. There is no balance in this team whatsoever. 

14:3823 days ago

Pep Guardiola calls out critics

"We are the same," Pep Guardiola tells Des Kelly. He is right. Last season, this group of players won the double and were within one game of winning the treble. They are very much in the hunt!
14:3423 days ago

Problems for Arsenal!


14:3323 days ago

It all started with silky Ilkay!

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14:3123 days ago

No goal for Raheem Sterling

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14:2823 days ago

Rodri celebrates his stunning goal

14:2523 days ago

Full-time:Manchester City 5-0 Arsenal

Contrasting emotions!

Delight for City. They have failed with their efforts to bring in Kane and Ronaldo, but the performance of Torres will have delighted his manager. The Spain international is a winger, first and foremost, but he has the potential to thrive as a false-nine in this team. 

Arsenal, by contrast, are in a huge rut. There isn't much to add on that. Very little room for nuance. It's really, really bleak for fans of the Londoners. 

14:2223 days ago

SAVE! Manchester City 5-0 Arsenal

90+2: Gundogan picks out Cancelo with a brilliant lobbed pass and the full-back finds himself one-on-one with Leno. He should score but the keeper makes a great save. Leno has prevented a cricket score this afternoon! 
14:2123 days ago

SAVE!Manchester City 5-0 Arsenal

90+1: In the first of three added minutes, Mahrez chopped in on his left foot but his strike was saved by Leno. Tierney took a lot of sting out of the shot with a good block.
14:2023 days ago

CLOSE! Manchester City 5-0 Arsenal

90: Torres bends an inviting ball to the back post and it almost creeps in. Very nearly an inadvertent hat-trick for Torres!
14:1923 days ago

Manchester City 5-0 Arsenal

89: City have won their last three home matches 5-0, coming to an aggregate of 15-0. 
14:1823 days ago

BLOCK! Manchester City 5-0 Arsenal

88: Sterling can't find a way between the Arsenal defenders and the ball recycles to Mahrez. The Algerian shifts into the box but his shot is blocked. 
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84: Mahrez skips past a wilting Tierney and plays an inviting cross between Chambers and Holding. Torres' movement is good and he directs a header across Leno and into the net via the post. City hit five!
14:1223 days ago

Late one on Jack Grealish!


14:1023 days ago

Manchester City 4-0 Arsenal

81: Tierney is up and he's soldiering on. Sterling almost on the end of a lovely Gundogan dink but he can't quite reach the ball. 
14:0823 days ago

Manchester City 4-0 Arsenal

79: Tierney is down and he's holding his ankle. Hopefully nothing too serious. Arsenal have made all of their changes and they're down to ten men.
14:0723 days ago

SAVE! Manchester City 4-0 Arsenal

77: Sterling is played through on goal, in behind Kolasinac, but Leno stands tall and makes the save.
14:0623 days ago

OVER! Manchester City 4-0 Arsenal

76: Dias finds Laporte with a low cross but his centre-back partner volleys the ball over with the outside of his boot.
14:0523 days ago

Darren Bent wants a change


14:0123 days ago

SUBSTITUTION! Manchester City 4-0 Arsenal

71: Maitland-Niles on for Odegaard. Shut-up-shop now for Arsenal (if it wasn't already)! 
14:0023 days ago

Manchester City 4-0 Arsenal

70: Conte is trending on Twitter. I wonder why? In fairness, Arteta will have an easier set of matches to come. They will be more defining! 
13:5823 days ago

SAVE! Manchester City 4-0 Arsenal

68: Gorgeous ball from Mahrez to the back-post for Sterling, whose header forces Leno to tip the ball over the top. Great link-up between the subs! 
13:5523 days ago

Manchester City 4-0 Arsenal

65: Sterling dribbles away from Chambers but he can't quite cut the ball back to any team-mates, with his attempted delivery blocked. 
13:5023 days ago

SUBSTITUTION! Manchester City 4-0 Arsenal

61: Kolasinac is down holding his foot. Meanwhile, Guardiola makes his final change: Mahrez for Jesus.
13:4823 days ago

SUBSTITUTION! Manchester City 4-0 Arsenal

59: Lacazette for Aubameyang. The Gabonese star has barely had a kick. 
13:4623 days ago

SUBSTITUTION! Manchester City 4-0 Arsenal

57: Are City going to rest on their laurels? Erm, no! Sterling is coming on for Bernardo.
13:4523 days ago

Manchester City 4-0 Arsenal

54: Awful positional awareness from Cedric on the Rodri goal. Almost a carbon-copy of the first Chelsea goal last weekend. Defence holding a line and Cedric is two-yards deeper, playing everybody onside. 
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53: Super strike from Rodri! Torres does well to hold the ball up before rolling the ball back for the Spaniard. It's a beautifully nonchalant hit from Rodri, who bends the ball around Elneny and into the far corner from 25-yards. 
13:4023 days ago

SAVE! Manchester City 3-0 Arsenal

50: Bernardo bundles his way through two challenges, after good work from Grealish, and he forces Leno into a smart reaction save. The ball then breaks to Rodri and his fierce shot is blocked. 
13:3623 days ago

Manchester City 3-0 Arsenal

47: Cancelo whips a wonderful cross in with the outside of his boot but neither Jesus nor Grealish can get a telling touch. Second-half starting how the first-half ended. 
13:3523 days ago

SUBSTITUTIONS! Manchester City 3-0 Arsenal

46: Zinchenko on for Walker. Arsenal have brought Elneny on for Saka. 
13:3423 days ago

Angry Gunners!


13:3323 days ago

Travelled a long way to leave early!


13:2923 days ago

Well remembered, Kathryn!


13:2723 days ago

Not much love for Arteta


13:2623 days ago

Fortune teller?


13:2523 days ago

New contract, same problems


13:2223 days ago

Not as easy as you think!


13:2023 days ago

Half-Time: Manchester City 3-0 Arsenal

Easy street for City. Exactly what they needed after a frustrating week in the transfer market. Grealish, Torres, Bernardo, Jesus and Gundogan are all competent goalscorers and Arsenal have no answer to all of them. 

No Ronaldo? No problem!

Arsenal were always going to be up against this but this is as bad as it could get. They will do well to keep the score below five at this point!

13:1523 days ago

Manchester City 3-0 Arsenal

45: Backs-to-the-wall for Arsenal. The red card has made it mission impossible, if it wasn't already!
13:1423 days ago


43: Great football by City. Grealish has been quiet but he comes into his own here. He storms past Chambers before prodding the ball across for Jesus. The Brazilian takes a touch to steady himself before sliding it into the net. 
13:1223 days ago

Manchester City 2-0 Arsenal

41: Jesus shifts inside and isn't far away from a dinked ball into the box. Men against boys for a second week in a row, for the Gunners!
13:1123 days ago

Manchester City 2-0 Arsenal

40: Ten men behind the ball for Arsenal. City strolling. 
13:0923 days ago

Manchester City 2-0 Arsenal

38: A tough prospect for Arsenal has got even tougher. Penny for Arteta's thoughts!
13:0723 days ago

RED CARD! Manchester City 2-0 Arsenal

35: Disaster for Arsenal! Xhaka has gone in two-footed on Cancelo and he has been giving a red card. Xhaka doesn't actually connect with Cancelo but the intent alone is enough to present him with his marching orders. 
13:0523 days ago

Manchester City 2-0 Arsenal

34: Quieter period of the game. City controlling possession. Cancelo turned Chambers nicely but his cross-shot was into the side-netting. 
12:5923 days ago

YELLOW! Manchester City 2-0 Arsenal

28: Kolasinac booked for an arm on Jesus. A bit harsh. 
12:5723 days ago

OFFSIDE! Manchester City 2-0 Arsenal

27: Xhaka thinks he's broken past the City defence but he's marginally offside. His shot was saved by Ederson anyway. 
12:5623 days ago

Manchester City 2-0 Arsenal

25: The Arsenal back-three are hideously organised. All over the place! They are playing high calibre opposition but it just doesn't look well thought out at all. 
12:5523 days ago

YELLOW! Manchester City 2-0 Arsenal

24: Cedric gets a silly booking for a foul on Grealish. 
12:5423 days ago

Manchester City 2-0 Arsenal

23: Grealish has been virtually anonymous in this one so far. Most of City's attacks have been on the right, with Bernardo and Jesus receiving a lot of the ball.

Grealish did, however, just pull down Saka. Perhaps a little bit of frustration from the England international. 

12:5323 days ago

Manchester City 2-0 Arsenal

22: 67% of the ball for the hosts. They're now in total control of this, unless Ederson wants to level the playing field again!
12:5123 days ago

PHEW! Manchester City 2-0 Arsenal

20: Ederson is daydreaming and Smith-Rowe closes him down. The keeper tries to play a casual pass out and the ball hits Smith-Rowe before shifting agonisingly across the goal and wide. Lucky! 
12:4823 days ago

CHANCE! Manchester City 2-0 Arsenal

17: Jesus is loving life on the left. He finds Torres with a low-drilled cross but the Spaniard doesn't properly connect from 12-yards. If he does, he will have fancied another goal for himself. Arsenal's defence is all at sea.
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12:4523 days ago

Manchester City 2-0 Arsenal

14: The goal was subject to a VAR check as Chambers felt that he was fouled. Nothing much in it and the goal stands. Arsenal started well and now they're 2-0 down!
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12: Wow! Astonishingly poor defending from Arsenal. Bernardo's flat cross takes a small deflection off Cedric and evades a sea of Arsenal bodies. Torres ghosts in at the back-post to divert the ball into the net. Shocking defending!
12:4223 days ago

SAVE! Manchester City 1-0 Arsenal

10: Gundogan's late-man running causes panic again and the German gets a firm contact on a crossed in ball, only to be denied by a fine Leno save. 
12:4023 days ago

Manchester City 1-0 Arsenal

9: How very disappointing for Arteta. His team had dominated the opening few minutes and now it's back to square one. A really basic goal to concede. 
12:3923 days ago


8: Just like that, City have the lead. Bernardo and Jesus hold the ball in the corner well, the latter lofts a ball up to the back post. Chambers is caught out and Gundogan sneaks in to plant a header past a helpless Leno from point-blank range. 
12:3623 days ago

CHANCE! Manchester City 0-0 Arsenal

5: Arsenal putting together some good possession. They find Tierney in acres of space and the Scot pick out Saka with a brilliant cross. Cancelo does just enough to put the winger off. 
12:3423 days ago

Manchester City 0-0 Arsenal

3: Positive start by Arsenal. Tierney definitely the left-wing-back with Kolasinac in the back-three. Good intensity from the Gunners so far, trying hard to get the ball forward.
12:3123 days ago

Manchester City 0-0 Arsenal

1: And we're underway! Martin Atkinson is the referee.
12:2923 days ago

Hugs for the managers!

A brief embrace from Guardiola and Arteta. The players are out on the field and the fans are in full voice. A vocal reception for Grealish! 
12:2423 days ago

5 minutes!

The teams are in the tunnel and we're almost ready for kick-off!
12:1823 days ago

Gabriel Jesus: Left-forward?

Gabriel Jesus has reportedly told his manager that he sees himself as a wide-man. The Brazilian was expected to be the heir to Aguero but he now prefers the winger position. His off-the-ball work is excellent, as is his link-up play, which probably explains his preference to play off the main forward. 
12:1123 days ago

Jack Grealish: Big-game man?

Jack Grealish will always be in the headlines after his £100-million transfer. Such a fee demands that the player stands up and makes himself counted. 

The former Aston Villa man looks set to start as a number-eight again, but he could also play as a false-nine or a left-forward. Clearly, Guardiola anticipates he can evolve his off-the-ball work in a similar way to Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva.

12:0723 days ago

Edible coffee cups!

BT Sport presenter Jake Humphrey was on-hand to advertise the use of the edible coffee cups. Man City are one of numerous clubs who are taking the initiative on board, in a bid to do their bit for the environment. 
12:0423 days ago

Pep Guardiola breaking more records!


12:0223 days ago

No Raheem Sterling

For the second game in a row, Raheem Sterling will be watching the action from the substitutes bench. 

The winger had a sensation Euro 2020 tournament with England but he came into that on the back of a turbulent period with City. Sterling has been a virtual ever-present for Pep Guardiola, before losing his place to Phil Foden

Foden is currently out with injury, however, Guardiola now prefers Gabriel Jesus as the left-forward.

Sterling is on the peripheries at the moment. 

11:5823 days ago

No Lokonga

Albert-Mboyo Sambi Lokonga has started the season steadily alongside Granit Xhaka, but now he has dropped to the bench.

The double-pivot partnership had been showing small signs of promise and, therefore, it's odd to see Martin Odegaard drop into a deeper role. The Norwegian star prefers to be in advanced positions on the field. 

11:5323 days ago

Good news for Arsenal fans!


11:4823 days ago

A tough challenge awaits Mikel Arteta


11:4723 days ago

McManaman: Odegaard AND Smith-Rowe is good


11:3823 days ago

Back-three for Arsenal?

It looks like Mikel Arteta has reverted back to his back-three setup. Sead Kolasinac could return to wing-back or he might be a left-side centre-back, with Kieran Tierney often thriving in an advanced role. 
11:3323 days ago

Arsenal line-up


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Manchester City line-up


11:2823 days ago

Awesome Aubameyang!

Will he start today?

11:2723 days ago

No Ronaldo, no problem?

People forget that City won the league without the services of Sergio Aguero for the majority of that time.

They played with a false-nine and the unpredictability of their goal-getter actually played into their hands. Opponents didn't know who to man-mark. 

11:1723 days ago

Cristiano Ronaldo back in Manchester!

Cristiano Ronaldo was set to join Manchester City on Thursday night. Remarkably, he signed for Manchester United on Friday evening!

11:1523 days ago

Team News: 15 minutes away

Good morning everyone. We're getting close to team announcements. This should be a cracker!
15:4023 days ago

Live updates here!

Do not miss a detail of the match with the live updates and commentaries on VAVEL. Follow along with us all the details, commentaries, analysis, and lineups for Manchester City vs Arsenal.
15:3924 days ago


City are in another league to their opponents. Ronaldo, or not, Guardiola will be ensuring that his men are pushing for a second consecutive league title. They have the same title winning squad, plus Grealish. That should be too much for this Arsenal team to live with. 

Prediction: Manchester City 2-0 Arsenal

15:3624 days ago

Where to watch worldwide

Australia: Optus Sport

Canada: TSN

China: IPTV

India: Star Sports

Japan: DAZN

Russia: Okko Sport

South Africa: Super Sport

United States: NBC

15:2924 days ago

Where to watch

You can watch the match in the UK on BT Sport. Coverage starts at 11.30 BST. 
15:2724 days ago

Mikel Arteta on new deals

“We don’t know. We have already done a lot of things. Ins and outs, it’s a lot.

“I think it’s 16, 17 deals in total, with some renewals, and there are still some things to do in the last few days because there are still some question marks and deals that can happen. We’ll see.”

15:2524 days ago

Pep Guardiola on his Manchester City future

"I am not thinking to leave after two years.

"I can leave in two months if the results aren't good or the organisation isn't happy with me. I can leave in three months or five years.

"What I said is after my period at City I will take a break. It can be in one month, two years, five years. Right now I don't have reasons to leave."

15:2424 days ago

Yo Pierre!

15:2224 days ago

Key Player: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)

The Gabonese star has never truly found his best form since signing that eye-watering new Arsenal contract at the start of last season. However, Aubameyang did net a hat-trick in his team’s 6-0 Carabao Cup victory over West Bromwich Albion.
15:1924 days ago

£100-million man!

15:1724 days ago

Key Player: Jack Grealish (Manchester City)

The £100-million man has made a solid start to this time at Man City. He showed glimpses of his potential on his debut against Tottenham before getting off the mark in the 5-0 victory over Norwich City. This is a good opportunity to make a statement against one of the traditional members of the big-six. 
15:1524 days ago

Likely Line-ups

Manchester City: Ederson; Walker, Dias, Laporte, Zinchenko; Rodri; Gundogan, Grealish; Mahrez, Torres, Sterling. 

Arsenal: Leno; Cedric, Holding, Mari, Tierney; Xhaka, Lokonga; Saka, Odegaard, Smith-Rowe; Aubameyang. 

15:1324 days ago

Arsenal Team News

The Gunners could still be without Ben White through illness. The £50-million man has been struggling with his health since the defeat to Brentford

Kieran Tierney, who came off against Chelsea, should be able to make the cut. 

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette returned in the Carabao Cup against West Bromwich Albion, and both will be in contention to feature on Saturday.


15:1024 days ago

Manchester City Team News

The Citizens are still without Kevin de Bruyne, and Phil Foden is out until after the international break. 

Benjamin Mendy will not be involved because of an ongoing legal case. 

Aside from this, Pep Guardiola has a full roster to pick from.

15:0424 days ago

Cristiano Ronaldo is Manchester bound

Cristiano Ronaldo in action for Juventus: Emmanuele Ciancaglini/Quality Sport/GettyImages Images
15:0224 days ago

Arsenal: Mikel Arteta needs calm

Arsenal are desperate to stay relevant. They are a big-six club but they are a long way from showing that on the field.

Mikel Arteta has beaten Pep Guardiola once, 2-0 in an FA Cup semi-final clash, but the apprentice looks unlikely to add to that victory this weekend. Arteta inherited a mess and now the club has come full circle again.

In truth, their season starts after the international break. This one is a free-hit. 

14:5824 days ago

Manchester City: Cristiano Ronaldo blow

It has been a tough week for City fans.

After Harry Kane confirmed that he is staying at Tottenham Hotspur, it looked as though the club were set to seal a deal for the legendary Cristiano Ronaldo.

However, talks with Ronaldo broke down as the 36-year-old flew to England. His former club Manchester United  are now in pole position to seal a quite astonishing deal. 

Ronaldo could now sensationally return to Old Trafford after leaving to join Real Madrid in 2009. 

14:5424 days ago

When is kick-off?

The match will kick-off in Manchester at 12.30 BST. 
14:5324 days ago

Where is the match?

The match will be played at the Etihad Stadium. Veteran supporters will still call it the City of Manchester Stadium, however, the naming rights changed in 2011. 

The stadium holds a capacity of 54,693 spectators. 

14:5024 days ago


Hello everybody! I'm Jonny Bentley, VAVEL UK's Editor-in-Chief, and I'm going to be talking you through this big-six Premier League clash between between Manchester City and Arsenal.  

We will provide you with pre-game analysis, score updates, and news as it happens.