Whatever be the result of this, as long as it stays reasonable both Arsenal and Manchester City cannot slip behind the third sport in the Premier League table.
Arsenal vs Manchester City – has always been a fascinating clash in recent years. This time, it adds to the fuel that whoever wins, that team gets one step ahead in the title race. Leicester have really surprised everyone this season but still, everyone thinks that the title will go to either Arsenal or Manchester City next summer.
Arsenal look the livelier of the two sides after a happy last week and eight days of rest. On the other hand, City have just managed to escape past Swansea in a 2-1 home win last Gameweek. The good thing will be that they will know the result of the Leicester match before getting onto the field.
If the Foxes finally stumble in their trip to the Merseyside, then both the clubs will have a chance to go to the top. More importantly, this clash will give a major boost to the momentum the sides are looking for in the eve of a busy Christmas schedule.
Wenger cleared that this is just another match for him as the title race is yet to be started whereas Pellegrini will love to go all guns blazing to avenge the Gunners’ 2-0 win at the Etihad last time.
Arsenal expect Alexis Sanchez to be back in the bench for this match. Except that, no injury return is possible within Monday and Wenger will likely to field the same first eleven he fielded at the Villa Park.
The big boost for Manchester City is the return of Sergio Aguero in training. The Argentine is back in running and is expected to be fit for the Monday clash. Vincent Kompany is still not fit and out of the picture at the moment.
Arsenal vs Manchester City Probable Lineup
Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Cech; Koscielny, Bellerín, Mertesacker, Monreal; Ramsey, Flamini; Campbell, Özil, Walcott; Giroud
Manchester City (4-2-3-1): Hart; Sagna, Mangala, Otamendi, Clichy; Toure, Fernandinho; Sterling, Silva, De Bruyne; Aguero
Arsenal vs Manchester City Key Stats
- Without Vincent Kompany, Manchester City have not kept a clean sheet this season.
- Arsenal have just lost once to Manchester United in last 18 home clashes (W11 D6).
Arsenal vs Manchester City Betting Odds
Arsenal win : 7/5
Manchester City Win : 21/10
Draw : 21/10 (Source: William Hill)
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