A closer look at the intriguing FA Cup tie between the Premier League’s top two

Manchester City host Arsenal in a fourth-round tie at the Etihad Stadium on Friday.

A closer look at the intriguing FA Cup tie between the Premier League’s top two

The Premier League’s top two sides meet in the FA Cup on Friday as Manchester City host Arsenal in a fourth-round tie at the Etihad Stadium. Here, the PA news agency looks at how the encounter could unfold.

Who are the favourites?

Arsenal celebrate scoring
Arsenal are setting the pace in the Premier League (John Walton/PA)

Will both teams be at full tilt?

Erling Haaland
Erling Haaland has been in outstanding form for City (Martin Rickett/PA)

What could the result mean for the title race?

Manchester City's Ruben Dias challenges for the ball against Arsenal
The two clubs have not faced each other for 12 months (John Walton/PA)

How well do the managers know each others’ thinking?

Mikel Arteta (left) and Pep Guardiola (right)
Guardiola (right) and his former assistant Arteta know each other well (Martin Rickett/PA)

What is the team news?

Phil Foden
Phil Foden was not in City’s squad last weekend (Bradley Collyer/PA)

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