English Premiership

Man City prepare for Gunners

2015-01-16 14:24
Sergio Aguero (AFP)
Cape Town - Manchester City will welcome Arsenal to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday evening in what promises to be an enthralling Premier League encounter.

The Citizens are currently in the thick of a battle for the top-flight crown, but fell two points off the pace of leaders Chelsea following last weekend's 1-1 draw against Everton.

That result did, however, make it 14 matches without defeat in all competitions for Manuel Pellegrini's side, meaning Arsenal will have it all to do if they are to leave Manchester with the three points in tow.

Arsene Wenger's men do, however, head into the clash on the back of successive wins, having cruised into the fourth round of the FA Cup thanks to a 3-0 win over Hull City, before they dispatched Stoke City 3-0 at the Emirates last weekend.

Their latest result took the Gunners to fifth in the standings, just one point adrift of fourth-placed Manchester United, although the north London giants are already 11 points behind their upcoming opponents after the opening 21 games of the league campaign.

On the team front, City look to finally be injury-free, with star striker Sergio Aguero having recently returned from a lengthy spell out, although Yaya Toure is away on international duty with the Ivory Coast.

The reigning English champions completed the signing of Wilfried Bony from Swansea this week, although the forward is also with the Elephants ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations, which kicks off this weekend.

Arsenal, meanwhile, will be without captain Mikel Arteta (ankle/foot) and defender Mathieu Debuchy (dislocated shoulder) for up to three months after the pair both underwent surgery on their respective injuries.

According to Football411, striker Danny Welbeck is still around two weeks away from recovering his hip injury, while Jack Wilshere (ankle) is only expected back at the end of February.


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