City strollers! Martin Odegaard leads his Arsenal team-mates on a chilly walk around Manchester… with the Premier League leaders looking calm and relaxed as they prepare to clash with Man City in the FA Cup fourth round
- The Arsenal squad have been pictured taking a team stroll around Manchester
- Gunners were led by captain Martin Odegaard, and signed autographs for fans
- Mikel Arteta’s side looked relaxed ahead of their FA Cup clash with Man City
Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal stars have been pictured taking a leisurely stroll around Manchester ahead of their FA Cup fourth-round clash with Manchester City on Friday.
Led by captain Martin Odegaard, the Premier League leaders donned club tracksuits to battle the chilly temperatures in the north west as they stretched their legs near their team hotel.
The group looked relaxed during the walk and even stopped to sign autographs for fans ahead of their first clash with their title rivals this season.
Martin Odegaard led his Arsenal team-mates on a chilly stroll around Manchester
Gunners boss Arteta appeared to be absent from the team excursion ahead of the game as he prepared to face friend and coaching mentor Pep Guardiola in the dugout.
But Emile Smith Rowe will be unavailable for the game after picking up a thigh injury in training earlier this week.
Arteta’s side currently sit eight points clear at the top of the Premier League after an excellent start to the season, but are yet to face their title rivals in all competitions this campaign.
The team excursion came ahead of the club’s visit to the Etihad to face Manchester City
The Gunners squad looked relaxed on their stroll ahead of their FA Cup fourth-round tie
The game will mark the first meeting of the two title rival clubs in all competitions this season
The club had been set to host Guardiola’s side in the Premier League on October 19th, but the fixture was postponed to accomodate for their Europa League tie with PSV, which itself had been rescheduled following the death of the Queen.
Arteta’s side got their FA Cup campaign off to a winning start against League One Oxford United earlier this month, enduring a frustrating first half before a goal from Mohamed Elneny and a Eddie Nketiah brace comfortably saw them through.
Meanwhile City kicked off their FA Cup run with a comprehensive 4-0 win over Chelsea thanks to goals from Riyad Mahrez, Julian Alvarez and Phil Foden.