Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at Emirates Stadium on Sunday
Arsenal face a huge Premier League clash against Manchester City on Sunday in a match which could end their hopes of securing a Champions League qualification spot.
The Gunners have been clouded by off the pitch talk surrounding Arsene Wenger’s future but the long-serving manager revealed in his pre-match press conference that his ‘mind his been made up’ and he has ‘no new developments to report’.
Such uncertainty over Wenger’s whereabouts next season has been linked with the club’s dismal form over the past few weeks. Arsenal have lost four out of five Premier League games for the first time since April 1995, although the manager has urged his team ‘not to look for excuses where there is none’.
Wenger: Contract not completely sorted
Alexis Sanchez’s comments about playing for a winning team were across social media after he spoke at an event in Chile on Wednesday and Wenger believes the former Barcelona man is happy in north London
“I think he’s happy here. It’s true we have not extended his contract yet but I hope he will stay at the club. I think you have to be cautious when people give interviews in their home countries because the interpretation is not always exactly what they wanted to say.
“But I don’t see anything negative [in Sanchez’s comments]. He said he wants to win the championship, that’s what everybody wants and I can understand that completely.”
Questions will continue to be asked from now until the end of the season unless Wenger announces whether he’ll be signing a new contract or not and Sunday’s game presents a mammoth opportunity to get back on track against a top flight team who the Gunners will also face in the FA Cup semi-finals.
Lucas Perez has been ruled out of the game after suffering a thigh injury almost a fortnight ago.
Season over for Arsenal’s Cazorla
The Spaniard has struggled for minutes on the pitch this season and most likely wouldn’t have started against City despite his impressive statistics.
Santi Cazorla will miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on an ankle problem.
Arsenal have no suspended players for this match.
ARSENAL POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UP
David Ospina will start in goal as Petr Cech is injured and it’s likely that the back four will be unchanged from the 3-1 defeat at West Brom.
Alexis links don’t worry Wenger
Wenger faces a selection dilemma in midfield, with Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka the predicted partnership, although Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be hopeful of getting a chance through the middle.
Alexis Sanchez is set to start in attack ahead of Olivier Giroud while Alex Iwobi and Theo Walcott are the preferred partnership on either flank.
MANCHESTER CITY DOSSIER
Manchester City will be confident going into Sunday’s game when they look at Arsenal’s recent league form but face several injury worries ahead of the huge match.
Bacary Sagna picked up a tear in his left adductor while away on international duty with France and is a doubt for the game against his former club.
Kevin De Bruyne is a doubt for the clash at Emirates Stadium after picking up a groin injury while away with Belgium while Raheem Sterling should be fit despite suffering a back problem against Lithuania last week.
Ilkay Gundogan (knee) Gabriel Jesus (ankle/foot) and Pablo Zabaleta (thigh) are both set to miss the game.
Premier League table
Sergio Aguero is their top league scorer with 13 goals.
BEST OPTA MATCH FACTS
Arsenal have lost just one of 19 previous home Premier League matches against Manchester City (W11 D6).
Manchester City are looking to the double over Arsenal in a league season for the first time since 1975/76.
The last seven Premier League meetings between these two sides have produced 27 goals – 3.86 per game, on average.
Arsene Wenger has won just two of his previous nine competitive meetings with Pep Guardiola (W2 D2 L5), both in the Champions League.
- This is only the second time that Arsenal have found themselves outside the top five in the Premier League as late as April in a season under Arsene Wenger – the other occasion was in April 2006.
TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME
Kick off is at 16:00 (BST) on Sunday 2nd April and the match will be broadcast live on Sky Sports 1.