City, having failed to convince Tottenham to sell Harry Kane, were reportedly chasing Ronaldo. But as it turned out, Cityzens came short in that front that too. So, now focus is now back on the field, where they would love to do the talking.
Facing Pep Guardiola's holders are Arsenal, with his former apprentice Mikel Arteta still trying to settle into his job as Gunners boss. Not an easy one. But there is a growing sense that Arteta is running out of time.
After failing to qualify for Europe for the first time in 25 years, Arsenal started the 2021-22 EPL season with back-to-back defeats -- losing to promoted Brentford, then suffering another London derby low against Chelsea. They somehow salvaged some pride with a 6-0 mauling of West Brom in the League Cup, but face a litmus test against City away at Manchester.
Another defeat today, and it will be the first time that Arsenal have lost their first three games in a top-flight season.
Manchester City have won 10 of their last 11 games against Arsenal. Arsenal's eighth consecutive league loss to City is their joint-worst run (Leeds) against one Premier League side.
But Arsenal still lead the head-to-head record 98-60, with 45 matches ending in draws.
Last season, City completed a league double -- both 1-0 wins. Arsenal's last win over City in the league was in December 2015 (2-1 at home).
Match and telecast details
Match: English Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal
Date: August 28 (Saturday), 2021
Time: 5:00 PM IST/12.30 PM local
Venue: Eithad Stadium, Manchester, England
TV Channels: Star Sports Select 1/HD (English), Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 1 Bangla.
Live Streaming: Disney+ Hotstar VIP, JioTV
For global kick-off timings and broadcasters list, click HERE.
Manchester City: Ederson Moraes; Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte, Joao Cancelo; Bernardo Silva, Rodri, Jack Grealish; Gabriel Jesus, Ferran Torres, Raheem Sterling.
Arsenal: Bernd Leno; Cedric Soares, Rob Holding, Pablo Mari, Kieran Tierney; Albert Sambi Lokonga, Granit Xhaka; Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard, Emile Smith Rowe; Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.