Arsenal suffered their second defeat of 2016-17 Premier League campaign when they were humbled by Everton at Goodison Park in a Tuesday night encounter.
The Gunners will travel to Etihad now to face their top four rivals Manchester City who enjoyed a 2-0 victory over Watford this midweek after two back to back defeats against Chelsea and Leicester City. The Gunners are currently six points below league leaders Chelsea jointly with Liverpool and a point above fourth placed City. This fixture will be a tactical duel between two high-profile sides with two greatest managers of two generations – Pep’s Manchester City vs Arsene’s Arsenal.
Manchester City vs Arsenal Injuries and Suspension:
City skipper Vincent Kompany is still a few weeks away following a knee ligament injury. Fabian Delph is lacking match fitness and Ilkay Gundogan might be out for rest of the season following his knee injury sustained against Watford. Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho are suspended as they were shown red in a fierce fight against Chelsea.
Arsenal will miss their key centre-back Shkodran Mustafi who will miss the entire festive time with hamstring strain. Santi Cazorla is still three months away following a long standing calf injury. Danny Welbeck is at least a couple of weeks away from a return, whereas, Mathieu Debuchy, Chuba Akpom and Per Mertesacker are still a month away with hamstring strain, stress fracture and knee surgery. Aaron Ramsey is a doubt against Manchester City as well due to tight hamstring.
Manchester City vs Arsenal Probable Lineups:
Manchester City vs Arsenal Key Players:
Manchester City will miss their goal-machine Sergio Aguero who is suspended and unavailable for the fixture. Nevertheless, Kevin De Bruyne is in outstanding form since joining them last year and Pep Guardiola will rely on the decorated and versatile Belgian to snatch a crucial win.
Arsenal have a menacing attacking trio of Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott who are among goals and expected to keep a vulnerable City backline on toes.
Manchester City vs Arsenal Last Meeting:
Their last league meeting at Etihad ended all square when City twice gave up a lead to draw 2-2 with Arsenal. Sergio Aguero’s early goal was cancelled out by Olivier Giroud within a couple of minutes. Kevin De Bruyne earned his side a 2-1 lead early in the second half which was again cancelled out by Alexis Sanchez a few minutes later.
Current League Form (Latest Result First):
Manchester City: W-L-L-W-W
Manchester City vs Arsenal Betting Odds (Subject to Change):
Manchester City: 11/10
Manchester City vs Arsenal Live Streaming:
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