On Sunday afternoon Arsenal face a crucial game in the race for the Champions League spots, as they host third-place Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners do not exactly head into this clash in great spirits, having suffered defeat in six of their last nine games in all competitions. Their poor run of form has seen them slip to sixth place in the English top-flight table.
The Gunners could even find themselves seventh by the time this game kicks off, as Everton would leapfrog the home side with a draw at arch-rivals Liverpool on Saturday lunchtime.
The one saving grace for Arsene Wenger’s side of late has been their home form. The Gunners have won six of their last seven Premier League home games. They are also unbeaten in their last five home games against the visitors.
Their overall recent record against the Citizens is not terrible either, as they have lost just one of their last seven meetings with the men from Manchester. However, that defeat came in the reverse fixture at the Etihad Stadium.
Manchester City head to north London third in the table and are unbeaten in their last seven top-flight outings. A win in this crucial clash would definitely enhance the Citizens chances of making the top-four this season.
Pep Guardiola’s side have won their last three away games in the top-flight, but their recent poor away record will no doubt act as a note of caution for the Citizens. Guardiola’s side have been pretty solid on their travels in the Premier League, having kept four clean sheets in their last six top-flight outings away from Manchester.
City have managed to score two or more goals against Arsenal in the last three meetings. However, the Gunners have managed to score at least two goals against City in the last four meetings.
Arsenal are without Petr Cech, Santi Cazorla, Mathieu Debuchy and Lucas Perez through injury, while full-back Kieran Gibbs is also a doubt. David Ospina will continue in goal in the absence of Cech. Mesut Ozil should also return to the starting line-up having featured for Germany in the international break.
City are without long-term injury casualties Gabriel Jesus and Ilkay Gundogan, while Raheem Sterling, Bacary Sagna, Pablo Zabaleta and Kevin De Bruyne are also doubts for the clash.
Manchester City head into this clash as favourites at odds of 13/10, while Arsenal are odds of 21/10 and the draw is odds of 11/4.
Everybody connected with Arsenal know that they cannot afford to lose this game and the result of this clash may just define the Gunners campaign.
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