Arsenal play Manchester City in a pre-season friendly at Gothenburg's Ullevi Stadium on Sunday (7 August) before the start of the Premier League campaign next week. This is the last pre-season game and the two giants of English football return to England and prepare for their respective openers in what is expected to be an enthralling contest.

Where to Watch Live

Kick-off is set for 6pmBST. Live coverage of the game will be on ITV1 in the UK. Visitors outside Scandinavia can also watch the game live on Arsenal's official website or on the Arsenal app (iOS and Android)


Arsenal come into the game having won three and drawn one of their last four pre-season games. The Gunners have been dominant against MLS All-Stars Chivas and topped that off with an 8-0 thrashing of Viking in their last fixture. Alex Iwobi and Joel Campbell scored in the latter game to keep themselves in contention for a first team spot against Liverpool at the Emirates next weekend.

Arsenal fans were treated to some encouraging minutes from new signing Granit Xhaka and will be looking forward to the game to welcome Aaron Ramsey and Alexis Sanchez back into the squad. The duo have travelled along with the team and are likely to play for a few minutes against Pep Guardiola's men after an arduous outing with their respective national teams. Santi Cazorla completed 90 minutes against Viking, his first after missing the majority of last season due to a knee injury.

Mesut Ozil, Laurent Koscfielny and Olivier Giroud are training alone after being handed an extended break following their travails in the Euros and are likely to miss the opening game owing to a lack of match fitness. Meanwhile, new signing Rob Holding and Krystian Bielik have a point to prove in a bid to occupy the second centre-back position left vacant due to an injury to Per Mertesacker. The German is out for four months after undergoing surgery on his knee and this has forced the manager to look at strengthening his defence.

Arsene Wenger
Wenger has already made a series of decisions over his team for the Premier League opener against Liverpool. Reuters

Meanwhile, City will be looking for their first win in normal time in pre-season after losing to Bayern Munich, but drawing against Borussia Dortmund and ultimately winning the game in a tie-breaker. The former Barcelona manager will be looking to impress City's title credentials in his first game against a Premier League club since his appointment.

Guardiola and Wenger go a long way in European competitions, having eventually got the better of his French counterpart on more occasions than one. The duo met last season in the group stages of the Champions League where the Gunners won the opening game but were brought down to earth with a convincing defeat in the reverse fixture.

The Citizens will be without new signing Leroy Sane, while Nolito and Oleksandr Zinchenko are likely to feature following their arrival. Ilkay Gundogan is still injured while Brazilian Gabriel Jesus will not join the squad until January next year.

Team News


Possible XI: Cech, Bellerin, Chambers, Gabriel, Monreal, Xhaka, Coquelin, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Walcott, Sanchez.

Manchester City

Possible XI: Hart, Sagna, Otamendi, Mangala, Clichy, Fernandinho, Delph, De Bruyne, Sterling, Aguero, Nolito.