Attention turns to the FA Cup for Arsenal and Manchester City on Saturday evening as the world’s oldest knockout cup competition reaches the semi final stage.
Wembley Stadium will present an eerie picture, with the national stadium’s 90,000 seats unoccupied for this all-Premier League clash between Arsenal and Manchester City.
City, the current holders of the trophy, take on the Gunners, who are the most successful club in the competition’s history, with a record 13 titles to their name.
If the prospect of an FA Cup final wasn’t enough for Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta, the Spaniard will have added incentive to win after his side were embarrassed against his former employers the last time the two teams met a month ago.
Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola will be buoyed by City’s recent success at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, where the club’s 2-year ban from UEFA competition was overturned.
Not only that, there is the carrot of a potential Manchester derby in the final, with rivals United playing Chelsea in the other half of the draw on Sunday.
Arsenal will be without several first team stars due to injury, with Bernd Leno, Calum Chambers, Gabriel Martinelli and Pablo Mari all sidelined.
Striker Eddie Nketiah also won’t play a part as he serves the final game of a three match suspension picked up after a red card in the Premier League.
For Manchester City, just Sergio Aguero remains on the treatment table, with the veteran striker recovering from a knee issue.
Joao Cancelo is rated 50-50 to be involved after a recent knock, but otherwise Pep Guardiola has a full squad to choose from.
The FA Cup Semi Final between Arsenal and Manchester City at Wembley is a 7.45pm kick off on Saturday, July 18.