Preview: Time to make a statement as Man City clash with Arsenal

Manchester City face Arsenal in what could turn out to be a title-deciding game at the Ethihad Stadium on Sunday.

Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal head to the Ethihad, where they last won in 2015, courtesy of a superb display from Santi Cazorla, who scored the first goal and set up Olivier Giroud to nod home the second goal as Arsenal clinched a 2 0 victory.

Bukayo Saka and Gabriel are both expected to be fit to start while Gabriel Martinelli could make the squad; the Brazilian has been suffering from a foot injury sustained against Sheffield United.

For City, Kyle Walker and John Stones will not feature in the encounter, having picked up injuries in their last international games against Brazil and Belgium respectively. The good news for City is the fitness of both Kelvin Del Bruyne and Jack Grealish; they have resumed training this week.

A defeat to City could dent the Gunners’ hope of lifting the trophy they last won in 2004 while a win for City could mean a whooping sixth Premier League trophy for Pep Guardiola.

Pep is expected to have Ederson back in goal after the Brazilian went off injured against Liverpool in the last game he featured.

Where the game could be won and lost

It will be a midfield battle between City’s Rodri and Arsenal’s Declan Rice. The Gunners’ star has been one of the best passers in Guardiola’s team while Rice is the best ball progressive player in the English top-flight. Both sides go head to head and the winner of this duel will go a long way to decide the outcome of the clash.

Pep will be aiming to continue his impressive performances with his side in the division, having remain unbeaten in his last five games in all competitions. Could Arsenal clinch their ninth consecutive win in the English elite league?

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