Date: 26th January 2023 at 6:51am
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Manchester City welcome Arsenal to The Etihad on Friday evening in the first of the FA Cup fourth round matches. 

Pep Guardiola’s side overcame Chelsea in the last round, beating The Blues 4-0, while Arsenal cruised past League One side Oxford United.

The two sides currently occupy the top two places in the Premier League table, with The Gunners boasting a five-point lead over their rivals.

Both managers are expected to rotate their squads for the cup tie, with Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta set to differ from the starting 11 that he has named for the majority of their league games so far this term.

City could recall Joao Cancelo to the starting line up, with the Portugal international having fallen out of favour in recent weeks.

The 28-year-old has started just three of City’s nine games since the World Cup, with youngster Rico Lewis or centre-back Nathan Ake often preferred to him.

With that in mind, the defender is reportedly attracting interest from elsewhere.

According to The Sun, Serie A side AC Milan are one of a number of clubs interested in the full-back.

Cancelo has struggled for game time of late

Cancelo has been one of the most impressive full-backs in the world in recent seasons, but he has struggled for game this of late and that has prompted other clubs to consider a move.

The Portuguese joined City from Italian giants Juventus in 2019 and has enjoyed huge success during his short City career so far.

He has won the Premier League title twice, alongside three domestic cups, and made more than 150 appearances for The Citizens.

His impressive form prompted City to offer him a contract extension last year, and he signed a new deal that keeps him tied to the club until 2027.

Despite the player’s lack of game time recently, it is unclear whether or not City would be willing to let the defender leave.

Cancelo’s versatility has been crucial to City since his arrival, with the ex-Inter Milan man filling in at both right-back and left-back.

At the World Cup in Qatar, Cancelo played in four of Portugal’s five matches before they were knocked out by Morocco at the quarter-final stage.

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