Tomorrow’s match will see Mikel Arteta face off against Pep Guardiola for the third time since being appointed as Arsenal manager. Arsenal’s form has been great since winning the FA cup last season as they sit currently 4th in the table with 3 wins. Manchester City on the other hand have had a subdued start to the season with just a win and a draw, leaving them in 14th position.
The Gunners boss informed Thomas Partey had his first training session today with the team and would see if he could get involved in tomorrow’s game. He acknowledged everyone is happy with good start to Arsenal’s campaign and wants them to continue with confidence in the same fashion.
Arteta is happy with the summer recruitment at Arsenal and explains he had doubts if Partey’s deal would be done in time. Arteta added, “Yes! When it’s up to the last minutes it’s always a risk. A lot of things have to happen at the same time. It was a challenge to do it in 24 hours but I’m really happy because at the end we managed it.“
Speaking about Kieran Tierney’s situation Arteta explained things are complicated during international breaks as different countries follow different regulations. However, he is hopeful Tierney would be available on Saturday based on the ongoing discussions. Arteta was full or praise for Nketiah who has been challenging others for the starting spot with his improved goal scoring form. When questioned about possible loan option for William Saliba, Arteta confirmed he expected him to stay at Arsenal.
Pep confirmed Kevin De Bryune will be out for a few games as the Belgian returned early from international duty after suffering some discomfort in the game against England. However, Aguero is back and training good after suffering an injury in June. He also confirmed Jesus has a leg injury and he will not be risked.
Guardiola emphasised how impressed he has been with the way Arteta has improved Arsenal since taking over and brought them to a competitive level with the quality they have. When questioned on who would start as the left-back Pep informed, “On the left-back, it depends on the game, the performance of each player, the physical condition – many, many things. I take a decision on who is going to play“
Pep admitted it has been a crazy start to the season with lots of goals, and lots of matches with short breaks causing injuries for many players.