Man City v Arsenal : Prem Heavyweights Clash

Manchester City play host to Arsenal at the Etihad with both sides looking to finish the season on a positive note. City were recently knocked out of the  Champions League and Arsenal find themselves in third position on the log having been in front at Christmas.

For Gunners fans, their position on the log is all too familiar. Another season that started promising league glory has petered out and they are again embroiled in a top four battle. They have now gone twelve years without winning the league. Fans have called for Wenger to be sacked and some have gone as far as chanting "We'll be happy when you die". Wenger addressed this in the post-match interview by saying “We respect the opinion of everybody. I have my commitment to this club and my care for this club and the fans. I'm really sorry I can't make everybody happy and we'll continue to work hard to achieve it"

City have Man United hot on their heels in the quest for the top four. United have a game in hand and will move to within one point of their noisy neighbors if they beat Norwich City on Saturday. The Citizens will have to dust themselves down and pitch up if they wish to beat Arsenal. City captain Vincent Kompany was injured against Real Madrid and his absence will be a major concern for City who tend to lose or draw without him. David Silva is also unavailable through injury while Samir Nasri could feature after being omitted from their Champions League squad due to injury. City’s midfield will also be concerned by the dip in form of Yaya Toure and Kevin De Bruyne who were largely absent against Real.

New that Alex Oxlade Chamberlain will be out for two months after a fresh knee injury will be a concern for Arsene Wenger and Roy Hodgson. The winger had been set for a place in the Euro’s squad but will now miss out. The positive injury news is that Santi Cazorla, Tomas Rosicky, Callum Chambers and Jack Wilshere are all back in training. They all played matches recently as they step up their return to full match fitness.

Arsenal didn’t play a midweek game and their players will be fresh going into the clash while City have a quick turnaround time and injuries to contend with. Its unlikely that the game will end goalless given the need for both managers to appease the fans. Arsenals quick forwards will look to exploit the defensive issues City have had. Should be a cracking game.

Published: 05/06/2016