Live match preview – Arsenal vs Man City 22.12.2020December 21, 2020
Team news and stats ahead of the Carabao Cup quarter-final between Arsenal and Manchester City on Tuesday, live on Sky Sports; Kick Off 8pm.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be missing again for Arsenal due to a calf injury. The Gabon striker missed the defeat at Everton and Mikel Arteta said after that game that the injury could rule Aubameyang out for at least a week.
Thomas Partey also remains sidelined, while Granit Xhaka serves the last of his three-match ban. Gabriel Magalhaes, sent off against Southampton last week, returns from a one-match suspension.
Gabriel Jesus may be missing again after he was ruled out of the Southampton game with a “condition in his teeth”, and central defensive partners Eric Garcia and Aymeric Laporte are also doubts.
How to follow
Arsenal vs Man City will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Football and Main Event from 7.30pm on Tuesday; kick-off at 8pm. Sky Sports customers can watch in-game clips in the live match blog on the Sky Sports website and app. Free highlights will also be published on the Sky Sports digital platforms and the Sky Sports Football YouTube channel shortly after the final whistle.
How they got here…
- Arsenal and Manchester City last met in the League Cup in the 2018 final, with City winning 3-0. The Gunners have lost their last three League Cup matches against City, also losing in the quarter-finals in both 2009/10 and 2011/12.
- Manchester City have won their last three away matches against Arsenal, all in the Premier League. City are the only team to win three consecutive away games against the Gunners at the Emirates, while the last team to win four consecutive away matches against Arsenal were Chelsea between 1960 and 1965 (six in a row).
- Arsenal have been eliminated from six of their last eight League Cup quarter-finals, reaching the semi-final in 2010/11 and 2017/18 in this run. This is the Gunners’ 29th appearance at this stage, more than any other club.
- Manchester City have progressed from/won the final in each of their last 17 League Cup ties and haven’t lost a League Cup match in London since December 2003 (1-3 vs Spurs), winning six and drawing two since, winning on penalties in the two draws.
- Since 2006/07, only Chelsea at Stamford Bridge (20) have won more League Cup matches at one venue than Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium (19), with the Gunners winning seven of their last eight matches there (L1).
- Man City’s Raheem Sterling has been directly involved in 17 goals in 25 appearances in the League Cup (10 goals, 7 assists) and has found the net in each of his last two matches at the Emirates Stadium against Arsenal, both Premier League encounters.
Carabao Cup key dates
In this season’s competition, two-legged semi-finals will be replaced by a single tie.
December 22/23: Quarter-finals
January 5/6 2021: Semi-finals
April 25 2021: Final