Arsenal and Manchester City will go into the last Premier League game on Monday, few days before Christmas with a chance to top the table. But the clash could also be a big blow to both rivals should the match end in a draw as Leicester City, already top of the summit with 35 points would be seeking consolidation against Everton today and the result will determine whether they will continue to enjoy leadership.
Arsenal will be going into Monday match with a record of losing just one of their 18 Barclays Premier League home games against Manchester City, but have won just one of the last six.
While Manchester City have lost 22 Premier League games against Arsenal, their joint-most defeats against any opponent along with Chelsea.
According to statistics, there have been five red cards in the last five Premier League matches between Man City and Arsenal at the Emirates and the Gunners have conceded just 11 goals in their last 20 Premier League games at the Emirates.
Nigerian Pilot Saturday Sports can reveal that Man City have won none of their last four Premier League away matches and have failed to score in the last three in a row.
Besides, report from Goal.com indicates that the last time that Manchester City failed to score in four successive Premier League away games was in February 2006.
Ahead of the win or burst cracker on Monday, Nigerian international, Kelechi Iheanacho’s two Premier League goals this season have won the Pellegrini boys four points; the same total that Olivier Giroud’s nine goals have earned Arsenal.
While Petr Cech is expected to man the goal post for the Gunners, Mesut Ozil who has had a hand in 15 goals in 15 Premier League appearances this season, while marshal the midfield, just as Yaya Toure will handle the centre for City.
Danger man for Arsenal, Olivier Giroud has scored in eight of his last 12 league appearances for Arsenal and has 11 goals in his last 13 outings for the club in all competitions.
While injured Alexis Sanchez would be returning for Arsenal, Aguero who has missed City’s last four games in all competitions due to the injury sustained in the 3-1 Barclays Premier League victory over Southampton on November 28 is expected to spear head the attack for Man City.
The club announced on their official website on Wednesday that the 27-year-old Argentina international had returned to normal training with the full squad and manager Manuel Pellegrini will hope to have Aguero available for the Emirates Stadium showdown against Arsenal.
City are currently third in the table, a point behind second-placed Arsenal and three adrift of leaders Leicester City.
This is already a must-win game for Pellegrini’s side with the title race wide open and Premier League champions Chelsea out of contention.
City were lucky last Saturday after scoring an injury-time winner to beat struggling Swansea City.
Meanwhile, Arsenal will hope to open a four-point gap between themselves and third-placed Manchester City even as Wenger acknowledged it will not be easy, but has backed his side to rise to the occasion.
“ A win will boost our chances to be at the top. City are a threat. You look at their individual quality and they are in the title race. We will need a top, top performance against them on Monday,” the 66-year-old Frenchman said.
Monday’s clash could well be decisive; not simply as a title six-pointer between two rivals, but also as a true litmus test for Arsenal’s current championship credentials.


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