Manchester City host Arsenal in an FA Cup fourth round contest dripping in such intrigue it could also end up having an effect on the outcome of the Premier League. The top flight’s top two meet for the first time in 2022/23 in a cup tie that could imbue the winner with the momentum to go deep in either cup or the league. Further intrigue comes as master Pep Guardiola and apprentice Mikel Arteta share a coaching philosophy and a long personal history.
For all their recent domestic trophy success, Manchester City’s four year wait to win the FA Cup represents something of a drought. It was this competition in 2010/11 that sparked the beginning of the modern City juggernaut, but their only other recent success came in 2018/19 treble-winning campaign with coach Pep Guardiola seemingly favouring League Cup success over the world’s oldest cup competition.
The Catalan tactician has become increasingly tetchy since the midseason break, believing his side have lacked a killer instinct, and will see this cup tie as the perfect fixture to kickstart their campaign, while also inserting a soupçon of doubt into Arsenal psyche.
When Guardiola gifted Gunners boss Mikel Arteta two players, in Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko, perfectly suited to his former apprentice’s system last summer, he probably didn’t see Arsenal as a major threat. The North London side are top of the Premier League by five points and avenged their sole league defeat of the season in beating Manchester United 3-2 last weekend in a typically pulsating encounter.
The record 14-time winners know what it takes to lift the famous old trophy and the strong lineup Arteta sent out to dispose of Oxford United in the previous round is testament both to how seriously the tempestuous Spaniard is taking this competition and to how important he views momentum in his side.
Eddie Nketiah has six goals in as many games in all competitions since football’s post-World Cup restart, excelling to such an extent that Gunners fans have largely forgotten about Jesus’ injury. Expect fireworks.
Premier League title rivals Manchester City and Arsenal go head-to-head tonight in the fourth round of the FA Cup.
The two top-flight matches between the sides later this season will go a long way to deciding whether it’s blue or red ribbons on the League trophy in May, but for now the focus is on a blockbuster cup clash.
It’s been three successive semi-final exits for Pep Guardiola’s side since they last lifted the FA Cup in 2019, with it surprisingly a competition that the City boss has only one once.
That’s the same amount of times as Mikel Arteta, who led his Arsenal side past City and then Chelsea in the final to come out on top at Wembley in 2020.
While both managers have insisted this match will have no impact on the title race, it could prove to be a key psychological boost for whoever makes it through to the next round.
Where to watch Man City vs Arsenal
TV channel: In the UK, the game will be broadcast live and free-to-air on ITV1, with coverage beginning at 7:30pm GMT ahead of an 8pm kick-off.
The FA Cup fourth round pits Man City against Arsenal in a clash between the top two Premier League teams. Man CIty manager Pep Guardiola finds himself in a knockout battle with his former protege Mikel Arteta that could have an effect on both side’s confidence in the title race as well.
As a match up between the two current best teams in England, the Man City vs Arsenal live stream will feature some of the best players out there. Whichever side wins this match will be considered one of, if not the favorite to win the entire tournament.
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Manchester City will be looking to block Arsenal’s route to a potential Premier League/FA Cup double as the Gunners head to the Etihad Stadium in the FA Cup Fourth Round.
The battle between Pep Guardiola and Mikel Arteta continues to dominate the English top flight this season with the former playing catch up to his old assistant.
Arsenal are looking to clinch a first Premier League title since 2004 in the coming months, but Arteta’s side are also the most successful team in FA Cup history, with 14 titles, including the 2020 crown under the Basque coach.
Manchester City’s clash with Arsenal is the headline clash of the Fourth Round and it’s no surprise it’s been snapped up for television coverage, but there are plenty of other exciting matchups too.
Liverpool and Brighton face-off in an all-Premier League clash, Tottenham face a trip north to Preston North End and Paul Ince returns to his former stomping ground when his Reading side take on Manchester United.