Arsenal vs Manchester City
English Premier League
Date: Monday, 21st December, 2015
Time: 20:00 BST
Venue: Emirates Stadium, London
The final Premier League game before Christmas is a big one as the two favourites for this season’s title go head-to-head at the Emirates Stadium as Arsenal host Manchester City on Monday night football.
Both of these teams will have the opportunity to top the Premier League on Christmas Day should Leicester City slip up at Everton on Saturday. It will be yet another tough test for the two potential Premier League leaders and both sides can be full of confidence with a chance of topping the table at Christmas, check out Sportytrader’s official tips here.
Arsenal are coming off a comfortable win at Aston Villa which saw goals from Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey in the first half beat the bottom of the league side at Villa Park.
Meanwhile Manuel Pellegrini’s side left it late to beat Swansea City with a deflected effort at home last Saturday. Manchester City have not been too convincing of late, especially without Vincent Kompany and Sergio Aguero.
Both of these teams have each only won two of their last five in the league after excellent October’s. With one point separating the two sides heading into Monday’s fixture it promises to be an excellent encounter.
Arsenal vs Manchester City Team News
Arsenal team news
The home side continued to be plagued with injuries throughout their midfield. Mathieu Flamini and Aaron Ramsey will have to start their third league game in a row together with both Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla out until the New Year.
Alexis Sanchez is a huge blow down the left wing if he doesn’t make the cut so it looks like Theo Walcott will get the nod again, ahead of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Joel Campbell is set to make his fifth Premier League start and seventh consecutive game, down the right wing.
Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta, Danny Welbeck and Tomas Rosicky all remained sidelined.
Manchester City team news
The loss of Vincent Kompany at the back is huge for Manchester City – they have not kept a clean sheet in any of the eight league games he has missed, compared to conceding only one goal in the eight games he has played this season. The defence simply looks a shambles at times without him.
Sergio Aguero’s absence up front is huge too although there are reports that he is back in training and could be fit for Monday’s game, a must-win for City. Wilfried Bony has scored three goals in 13 appearances this season but isn’t half the threat of the Argentine.
Kevin De Bruyne hasn’t been involved in a goal in any of City’s last two league matches, though was only a second half substitute last weekend. Samir Nasri is out and we’d expect the Belgian to start ahead of Jesus Navas on Monday.
Fernando is out for the visitors too but that won’t be a big loss at all. Some may even call it a bonus for the Citizens.
Arsenal vs Manchester City possible starting line-ups
Arsenal: Petr Cech; Hector Bellerin, Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal; Aaron Ramsey, Mathieu Flamini, Joel Campbell, Mesut Ozil, Theo Walcott; Olivier Giroud
Manchester City: Joe Hart; Bacary Sagna, Nicolas Otamendi, Eliaquim Mangala, Aleksandar Kolarov; Yaya Toure, Fernadinho, Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Raheem Sterling; Wilfriend Bony
Arsenal vs Manchester City: Key Stats
1 – Arsenal have lost just once in 18 Premier League games at home to Manchester City (W11, D6).
8 – Manchester City have not kept a single clean sheet without Vincent Kompany this season, compared to conceding only one goal in eight games when the club captain has played in the Premier League.
335 – Manchester City have gone more than three and a half games without scoring away from home in the Premier League, since losing 4-1 at Tottenham Hotspur in September.
Prediction: Arsenal 3-1 Manchester City