Before their matchup against Arsenal this weekend, Manchester City has received a significant boost to their team with the return of a vital injured player. Following last season’s fierce competition for the Premier League title, the two teams are preparing for a potential early title match.
After missing out on the top four the season before, the Gunners surprised many by controlling the game for the most of the season. After making a lot of acquisitions, the team entered league championship discussions, but their effort eventually failed.
In an effort to elevate the team, changes were made over the summer, including breaking the club record to recruit Declan Rice as part of a £200 million budget. The early weeks of the new season have seen both teams off to respectable starts, setting up a mouthwatering tie.
In their first seven games, Arsenal have won five and drawn two, while Man City have six wins and one loss. The Gunners have a chance to overtake their opponents by the end of Sunday’s play because they are now just behind them by one point.
Injuries and potential returns beforehand could be one of the important elements that determine the outcome of the game, among other things. As the north Londoners await the findings of a scan, Bukayo Saka is a concern, and Gabriel Martinelli is another who is questionable for the encounter.
Prior to the game, City received a major injury boost thanks to a significant return in their Champions League match against RB Leipzig. That was when John Stones, who had been out of the lineup for a few weeks due to injury, returned to the bench.
The defender might sneak back into the starting lineup against Arsenal on Sunday or perhaps revert to being a bench option. Guardiola now has yet another option over the Gunners, albeit it remains to be seen how he will decide to use his team.