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Why is Manchester City not playing this week? Premier League schedule

Why is Manchester City not playing this week: After Manchester City’s shock defeat at Liverpool on Sunday, manager Pep Guardiola will no doubt have welcomed the chance this week to reduce Arsenal’s four-point advantage as a result.

Arsenal’s excellent home record this season will face its toughest test yet against the likes of Premier League top scorer Erling Haaland, but the game will not take place on Wednesday as originally scheduled.

All other Premier League teams are playing on a packed matchday 12 as Amazon Prime airs its first matches of the 2022/23 season.

Why is the game not happening, when can it happen and when will City and Arsenal next play in the Premier League?

Why is Man City not playing this week?

Arsenal was due to host Dutch side PSV in the Europa League group stage on September 15 but the game was postponed at short notice due to policing concerns in London shortly before Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.

The Europa League schedule is a tight one to accommodate all group-stage fixtures before the Qatar 2022 World Cup break in mid-November.

European football’s governing body UEFA has reached an agreement with the Premier League that the match will be rescheduled at the cost of a top-of-the-table league fixture.

When is Arsenal vs. Manchester City?

Premier League schedulers already had an unenviable task trying to accommodate fixtures around the six-week mid-season break for the World Cup.

The weekend of January 17 is the next available slot when the game could take place, with the weekend of February 7 also a possibility. It’s likely the following weekend, as Arsenal will be free if they currently top their Europa League group.

When is Manchester City playing next?

City return to Premier League action on Saturday, when they look to return to winning ways against Brighton & Hove Albion at the Etihad Stadium.

The reigning champions won the same match 3-0 in April. Arsenal will also be confident of three points when they welcome Southampton on Sunday.

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