Manchester City-Arsenal Preview: Could Sané return?

Manchester City head into their rescheduled midweek clash against Arsenal at the Etihad with some positive news with regard to injuries to several key stars.

After falling at Old Trafford at the weekend to rivals Manchester United, City will have a chance to get back to winning ways on Wednesday at home to Arsenal.

According to Pep Guardiola, Leroy Sané has been fit, although the situation regarding his return to first-team action has been complex. That could change this Wednesday, as City look to get the German winger up to full speed before their second leg clash against Real Madrid at home next week.

Aymeric Laporte and Kevin de Bruyne, although both back in training ahead of the Madrid game, do not appear ready to feature at this moment, but in the coming weeks City could have a fully fit squad for the first time this season.

Despite a dismal season for Arsenal, former City assistant Mikel Arteta has lifted the Gunners back into the European race, in ninth place and five points off 5th spot with a game in hand.

Having been knocked out of the Europa League Round of 32 in stunning fashion to Olympiacos, Arsenal will pour all of their efforts into getting a result in a difficult league match, while City once again have very little incentive.

The Gunners have not been in the Champions League since losing 10-2 on aggregate to Bayern Munich in the 2016-17 Round of 16, and with this year’s Champions League places potentially being determined by a historically low points tally, Arsenal must play their best football over the final 10 games to sneak qualification.

City have beaten Arsenal on six straight meetings, and the North London club have not won at the Etihad Stadium since January 2015.

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