Manchester City ’s postponed game with rivals Arsenal has been moved to next Wednesday.
That now sees the match, which was postponed over the weekend due to the Carabao Cup final, take place just three days after the Manchester derby.
Manchester United host neighbours City at Old Trafford in the Premier League this Sunday (4.30pm).
Pep Guardiola’s team are having to contend with a busy schedule, having won at Wembley against Aston Villa on Sunday.
While the Carabao Cup is now out the picture, attention turns to the FA Cup tomorrow when they travel to Hillsborough to take on Championship side Sheffield Wednesday.
City’s progress in the Champions League too means they have few gaps for extra fixtures.
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Arsenal’s exit from the Europa League last week means their calendar is more freed up for the remainder of the season.
But City have to find time to play the postponed Premier League clash, with next Wednesday the now confirmed new date with a 7.30pm kick-off time.
Guardiola’s team don’t play their Champions League round of 16 second leg against Real Madrid, having won 2-1 at the Bernabeu last week, until Tuesday, March 17 (8pm).
As a result, they were free next week, but only had a six-day window between their huge showdown with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s top-four chasing United and then a home game against Burnley in the top flight on Saturday 14 (3pm).
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Wednesday would be the only day City and Arsenal’s match can take place soon to avoid any chance of a tiny 48-hour window between fixtures.
Mikel Arteta’s Gunners would also have an extra day to prepare as they host London rivals West Ham this Saturday at the Emirates Stadium (3pm).
Arsenal then travel down to Brighton on Saturday 14 (3pm) before turning their attention to an FA Cup quarter-final tie the following weekend, having beaten Portsmouth 2-0 at Fratton Park last night.
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With confirmation over the rearranged fixtures, it sees Gunners manager Arteta return to the Etihad for the first time since leaving to take the post in north London.
Arteta worked as Guardiola’s assistant before stepping aside to return to Arsenal in December.
He would likely receive a warm ovation from the home crowd for his work at the club, helping them lift successive Premier League trophies.
In terms of what it would mean for Fantasy Football fans too, if the game is rearranged for next Wednesday, it would likely see the match added to Gameweek 29, following this weekend’s fixtures.
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