Thomas Partey and David Raya have dropped early team news hints ahead of Arsenal’s clash against Manchester City.

Pep Guardiola will welcome the Gunners to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon as both sides hope to establish a lead in the Premier League title race.

Arsenal surrendered first to Manchester City late last season despite topping the table for a large chunk of the campaign. By May, the north Londoners missed out on the title by just five points, with defeats home and away to the reigning champions proving costly.

Mikel Arteta masterminded a win over his former boss at the Emirates Stadium in October, and he’ll be hoping for a similar performance this weekend. Nevertheless, Partey and Raya have both posted pre-match graphic previews of the Brighton clash to their respective Instagram stories.

Historically, this suggests they will be involved in some capacity. Jorginho has also done the same, indicating that he too could feature. Speaking to reporters ahead of the title showdown, Arteta issued an injury update on Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Magalhaes.

“There is a chance,” said the Gunners boss. “They haven’t trained but tomorrow we have another session so there is a chance that they can be available.”

Then, on whether Arsenal’s win over Manchester City earlier in the season has given them belief, Arteta replied: “We had some clashes as well in the FA Cup and Community Shields and it’s all great experiences.

“They have raised the bar in this league, and I think in football in general too, to a level that hasn’t been seen before. That’s the beauty of sport, it makes you better and challenges you more. You have to keep up with that pace, and that’s what we are trying to do.”

Arteta added: “It is different. Momentum is different, we had certain results and some big injuries in that moment but those experiences are there to learn from.

“Sometimes we have to clap the opponent when they are better than you and that was the case on the day, learn from it and challenge yourself to be better.”

As the title race builds a head of steam, Arteta was also quizzed on the importance of defeating Manchester City in the wider context of the season. He replied: “It’s a massive game for both teams, that’s for sure, because it will give us a huge push again if we go there and win it, but I still feel there is a long, long way after to make all the ground to win it.”

With that being said, Arsenal will be relying on the likes of Havertz and Raya to step up in what could prove to be season defining.