Manchester City travel to the the Emirates to face Arsenal on Monday Night Football in a showdown that will reshape the the top three clubs in the table of the Premier League.
Arsenal are second in the league table but two points adrift of Leicester City and one point above next opponent Man City.
Arsene Wenger looks set to ensure three consecutive wins over Man City but with pressure piling up on Manuel Pellegrini’s head to pick the title this season, the Chilean cannot afford to lose this game because his side must keep their title hopes live.
Arsenal vs Manchester City – Head-to-Head
Arsenal have won three, draw two and lost one against Manchester City in last six meetings between the two sides. Every win in these two clubs last six meetings have seen over 1.5 goal line. Man City have never secured a win over Arsenal in their last four clash in all domestic competitions.
League Form Guide (all competitions)
Arsenal have won four, lost one and draw one in their last six games in all competitions. The Gunners have grabbed all two wins at home in their last five games in all competitions.
Manchester City have won four and lost two in their last six games in all competitions and all the four wins are home victories. Man City have failed to win any away game in their last six matches in all competitions.
Arsenal and Man City have seen more than two goals in all their four win matches.
Arsenal : Team News
Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck, Tomas Rosicky, David Ospina, Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin will all missed this game through injury.
Alexis Sanchez may passsed late fitness test to play the game and midfielder Mikel Arteta has a slight chance to return.
Wenger said: “There are one or two possible comebacks. Alexis Sanchez is a possibility, he is running.”
Man City : Team News
Kun Aquero is back to full scale training while Pablo Zabaleta, Samir Nasri and Vincent Kompany all sidelined.
Manuel Pellegrini will deploy his best squad for the game and he could start De Bruyne who came on in the 68 minutes for D. Silver in the Swansea City game.
Arsenal – Predicted Lineup
Cech, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal, Bellerin, Aaron Ramsey, Flamini, Theo Walcott, Joel Campbel, Ozil, Giroud.
Man City – Predicted Lineup
Hart,Kolarov, Mangala, Otamendi, Sagna, Touré, Fernandinho, Sterling, Silva, Bruyne, W.Bony
Man City have not been too convincing this season on away games, they lost 1-0 to Juventus in the Champions League, 2-0 to Stoke City, 4-1 to Tottenham and draw 0-0 away to Aston Villa and Man United in the Premier League. These defeats will affect the confidence of Pellegrini’s side going into this game.
The Gunners last four home games have seen three wins with just a draw which Arsene Wenger boys will rely on such confidence to to seek a win. Man City attacking lineup will be a constant threat, Wenger’s side can boast of the in-form excellence of Mesut Ozil (who has 13 assist) and Olivier Giroud who marked 50th goal for Arsenal last Sunday. With this verdict Arsenal stand a chance of winning this game on Monday.
Author’s Prediction : Arsenal 2-1 Manchester City