Can a resurgent Manchester City handle a new-look Arsenal when the two sides meet in the Women’s Super League this weekend, live on Sky Sports?
It has been 2022 of differing fortunes for the two teams. Arsenal are the current WSL leaders by four points and have lost just one league game this season.
Meanwhile, Man City have seen their squad decimated by injury. It was a shock early on to see them languishing near the bottom of the table, perhaps even with one eye on the relegation spot.
But recent weeks have seen a marked turnaround for Gareth Taylor and his side, which provides a mother-watering prospect ahead of their match against Arsenal on Sunday evening.
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What’s behind City’s resurgence?
It’s not the most difficult answer for this one – the return of key players from injury has given Man City the vital boost they have been missing for much of the season so far.
Perhaps two of the most important players to return have been captain Steph Houghton and right-back Lucy Bronze, who have been sidelined for much of the campaign.
Houghton has been out since suffering the ankle injury ahead of England’s meeting with North Macedonia in September, while Bronze underwent knee surgery in the summer.