This weeks game at the Etihad was always expected to be extremely crucial, but not so long it ago it was supposed to be a title decider between Arsenal and Man City. Pelligrini’s side lost to Southampton last week, probably because their minds were on last night Champions League decider against Real Madrid with a place in the Final of Europe’s greatest competition at stake.
Why Theo Walcott is important from the bench by KJ
After Friday’s internationals, Walcott was taken to hospital after suffering a suspected broken rib against San Marino – something that could keep him out of football for a good two months.
Arsene Wenger is one of the most fervent supporters of the new Financial Fair Play rules that are supposed to stop Clubs such as Man City, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain from gaining an unfair advantage over clubs that do not have billionaire sugar daddies. Wenger and Arsenal do stand to benefit from these rules as the Gunners are one of the best run clubs in the world, financially.
Arsenal remain unbeaten after five games this season but now face their toughest test yet against the reigning Premiership champions on Sunday. It has been over a year since Man City lost a home game and both Lukas Podolski and Arsene Wenger are under no illusions as to the size of the task, but both believe a result is possible at the Etihad, although they insist it is too early to talk about a title challenge.
The Man City manager Roberto Mancini has made it clear that if Robin Van Persie doesn’t sign his new contract extension at Arsenal this summer, then he would be very keen for the Dutchman to join Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy at the Etihad Stadium.