Read Match Preview As Arsenal Face Man City On Super Sunday PL FootballThe game is on and pressure breeds intensely for Arsene Wenger and Pep Guardiola as they prepare for a battle at the Etihad that may unleash a great deal about their side’s title challenges.
Until Wednesday Arsenal had been keeping pace with league leaders Chelsea but their worst league performance (against Everton) of the season opened the door for Antonio Conte’s men to steal a march; by the time the Gunners kick off on Sunday the gap to top lead could be nine points if Chelsea defeats Crystal Palace.
Manchester City has equally struggled to keep up pace with Chelsea but brought to an end a near-three month wait for a home league win with a 2-0 victory over Watford, adding a rare clean sheet in the process!
Even those three points came at a cost, with Ilkay Gundogan facing several months on the sidelines with a knee injury and joining Sergio Aguero, Fernandinho and Vincent Kompany in missing Sunday’s crucial game; tragic indeed!
Wenger is also without a key defender as Shkodran Mustafi continues his recovery from a hamstring injury that could rule him out for much of the festive period whilst Aaron Ramsey is unavailable with a similar problem. Santi Cazorla, Danny Welbeck, Per Mertesacker and Mathieu Debuchy remain mid-to-long term absentees.
No doubt this match promises to be a cracker as we await an interesting Sunday afternoon of good football.