Repeating the rivalry that disputes the title of the English Championship of this season, manchester city and Arsenal face each other this Friday, this time, for the fourth phase of the FA Cup. The match takes place at 5 pm (Brasília time), at the Etihad Stadium, in Manchester (ING).
First placed in the national, both teams come from convincing victories in the previous stage. However, in different contexts. The meeting will be the first between the teams in the 2022/23 season.
On the one hand, the hosts thrashed the chelsea 4-0, again at home, with goals from Mahrez (twice), Phil Foden and Julián Alvarez. On the other hand, the Gunners they passed Oxford United, from the English third division, by 3 to 0, away from home. Mohamed Elneny and Nketiah (twice) scored the team’s goals.
Thus, both clubs play their second match in the oldest football tournament in the world this Friday. The winner of the single game advances to the round of 16. In the event of a tie, a replay will be held – extra confrontation, with a change in the home field, which defines the classified.
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Coaches’ speeches for the match
For the match, Manchester City has no casualties. Even so, coach Pep Guardiola must make changes to the team considered a starter in the Premier League. In addition, the coach stated that the match will serve to show how far his team is from Arsenal.
“It’s a different competition, the FA Cup is a final. More than Arsenal, we have to prove ourselves. When a team scores 50 points it’s because they are the best and they are. We have to perform at our best level. Against this team, it will be difficult,” he said.
On the other hand, however, commander Mikel Arteta will not be able to count on names like Gabriel Jesus, Reiss Nelson, Mohamed Elneny and Cedric Soares – all injured. The Spaniard valued the importance of the competition for the club.
“If we are able to win on Friday, we will advance to the next round and he will not. If they beat us, it will be the opposite. It is a very important competition for us, very connected to our club and history”, he stated.
Finally, Arsenal seeks to further isolate itself as the biggest champion of the FA Cup. You Gunners add up to a total of 14 titles – two more than the runner-up Manchester United -, the last achieved in 2020. In turn, the citizens appear in fourth position, tied with Newcastle and Blackburn, all with six trophies. The last time Manchester City won the tournament was in 2019.
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