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Arsenal v Manchester City: Team News, Lineups and Stats

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

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11 thoughts on “Arsenal v Manchester City: Team News, Lineups and Stats

  1. goonthinker

    enough with the predictions please.City have the advantage in terms of squad availability though i would be pissed if we ended up with either a
    draw or a loss
    these are the lineups we should expect
    bellerin kos mertz monreal
    flamini ramsey
    campbell ozil walcott

    manchester city
    sagna mangala otamendi kolarov
    fernandinho toure
    de bruyne silva sterling
    as you can see.They just edge us out in terms of squad sheets

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  2. Koss the Boss

    On paper city look the strongest even with Aguero/Sanchez out but Bony/Giroud, Theo/Sterling , Ozil/Silva are all very similar so makes its very interesting that we have as strong a front line as they do! Throughout the 2teams compare each position.. Flamini/Mert/Campbell are the onli 2flaws in our starting 11 as Otamendi/Fernadinho/De Bruyne are better but Managala isnt anything special so il compare him with our BFG. Nacho/Bellerin or Sagna/Kolorov, tbh id rather have our fullbacks.

    We can win this but a draw isnt a disaster!! Just dont lose is the target here on monday evening

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    1. NoSentimentsJustTruth

      How are Flamini & BFG losses in our team whn we haven’t conceded any goal in the last two matches they have played in ???? Mtcheww SMHHH

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      1. Koss the Boss

        I had clearly stated COMPARED to those players they are the weak links as City have better options in them positions come monday… ur going to tell me that Mert is better than Otamendi? Campbell is better than De Bruyne? Flamini is better than Fernandinho? Im sorry i dont agree. Yes we have not conceded against Villa/Olympiacos but we should be beating those teams hansomly if we are a great team… this will show exactly where we are as i said also compare the rest and its pretty even, i even went to say id rather have our fullbacks who in all honestly esp Nacho has been unplayable at times. Just my opinion

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        1. soccerboy

          koss the boss, you are talking like City easly dispatched Swansea. please compare Olympiakos with Swansea and which of the easier to beat.

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  3. Nebs

    They have to win, actually. Their derby record is not a champion’s record at the moment. That one victory will change the situation. It would be two wins, one loss, two draws.
    Away games to spuds, manure, city, Liverpool and Everton will show us just how confident and strong the current squad actually is.

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