Arsenal v Manchester City live stream, Saturday 1 January, 12.30pm GMT
Manchester City will temporarily move 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League table if they beat Arsenal on Saturday.
Pep Guardiola’s side won their 10th consecutive top-flight match on Thursday, as they beat Brentford 1-0 in west London. Only a few short weeks ago we looked to be in store for a thrilling three-way title race, but City are in ominous form right now and they could soon be uncatchable at the summit of the standings. They now have the best attacking and defensive records in the division, while their strength in depth is not matched even by Liverpool or Chelsea.
A trip to the Emirates Stadium will not necessarily be easy, though. City have enjoyed their recent visits to the red and white half of north London, but Arsenal are in fine form after winning four games on the bounce.
Their preparations for this one have been severely disrupted, however, with Mikel Arteta and members of his staff returning positive tests for Covid-19. Arteta will not be able to take his place on the touchline as planned, and it is not yet clear who will fill in for him and lock horns with Guardiola.
Arsenal will have to make do without Takehiro Tomiyasu, Calum Chambers, Cedric Soares and Sead Kolasinac. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is in theory available for selection before he heads to the Africa Cup of Nations next week, but he is unlikely to be involved. Arsenal will also lose Mohamed Elneny, Thomas Partey and Nicolas Pepe to the tournament in Cameroon.
Manchester City will be unable to call upon the services of John Stones and Rodri, but there is hope that Kyle Walker could return to the fold soon. Riyad Mahrez could start given he will be absent for as long as Algeria are in the Cup of Nations.
Kick-off is at 12.30pm GMT on Saturday 1 January, and UK viewers can watch live on BT Sport 1. See below for international broadcast options.
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Use a VPN to watch Premier League football from outside your country
If you’re out of the country for a round of Premier League fixtures, then annoyingly your domestic on-demand services won’t work – the broadcaster knows where you are because of your IP address (boo!). You'll be blocked from watching it, which is not ideal if you’ve paid up for a subscription and still want to catch the action without resorting to illegal feeds you’ve found on Reddit.
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UK TV rights
How to watch Premier League live streams for UK subscribers
US TV rights
How to watch Premier League live streams for US subscribers
NBC Sports Group are the Premier League rights holders, with the Peacock Premium streaming platform showing even more than the 175 games it aired last season, with other matches split between NBCSN channel, CNBC and the over-the-air NBC broadcast channel. If you pick up a fuboTV subscription for the games not on Peacock Premium, you'll be able to watch every game.
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Canada TV rights
How to watch Premier League live streams for Canadian subscribers
DAZN subscribers can watch every single Premier League game in 2021/22 – and it gets better. After a one-month free trial, you'll only have to pay a rolling $20-a-month fee, or make it an annual subscription of $150.
The broadcaster also has all the rights to Champions League and Europa League games in Canada, too.
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Australia TV rights
How to watch Premier League live streams for Australian subscribers
To take advantage while you're not Down Under, follow the VPN advice towards the top of this page.
New Zealand TV rights
How to watch a Premier League live stream for New Zealand subscribers
Spark Sport are serving up all 380 games – plus various highlights and magazine shows throughout the week, as well as the Champions League – for $24.99 a month, after a seven-day free trial.
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Greg Lea is a freelance football journalist who's filled in wherever FourFourTwo needs him since 2014. He became a Crystal Palace fan after watching a 1-0 loss to Port Vale in 1998, and once got on the scoresheet in a primary school game against Wilfried Zaha's Whitehorse Manor (an own goal in an 8-0 defeat).
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