Man City clash with Arsenal could be off until next year – but Pep won’t ‘panic’

Manchester City's top of the table clash with Arsenal could be put on hold until 2023.

Arsenal's Europa League tie with PSV Eindhoven on Thursday has been postponed due to policing issues because of the Queen's funeral next week.

It means the European fixture is expected to be re-arranged for the third week in October, because European games have to be completed by November 4 ahead of a month-long break for the winter World Cup.

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City were due to travel to the Emirates for a showdown with Mikel Arteta's men on October 19, but it will now be put back until next year.

The champions also have to find a new date for their clash with Tottenham, which was postponed in the wake of the Queen's passing.

But City boss Pep Guardiola is refusing to panic and he said: "The Premier League has the ability to find room for the fixtures.

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"Maybe the Tottenham game will be in February or March, because now I think it's not possible. We will find a way. We will find a way, we are going to play this postponed game, it's not a problem."

City are currently a point behind the Gunners after six league games, though unlike Arteta's side they haven't lost a match yet.

New signing Erling Haaland has hit the ground running and currently tops the scoring charts with 10 goals, including stunning back-to-back hattricks against Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest.


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