The dust of a frantic deadline day and an insignificant international break finally settling, Arsenal have a task on their hands against the reigning champions at home. Last year, this fixture brought out a draw but the memory of a 6-3 defeat at the Etihad last season will still remain fresh in fans minds.
Arsenal team news
Unlike previous international breaks, the Arsenal team has come through relatively untroubled. Mesut Ozil, Mikel Arteta, Laurent Koscielny and Kieran Gibbs are all match fit and will provide Arsene Wenger with a selection headache, which is always welcome.
Arsenal’s new goalkeeper David Ospina has finally returned from his injury but will provide cover for Wojciech Szczesny from the bench.