Manchester City visit Emirates Stadium to try to break their recent poor form against Arsenal.
Arsenal don’t tend to enjoy facing the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea, but Man City have represented a different challenge in recent seasons.
Last season’s Premier League champions haven’t actually scored at Emirates Stadium in the league in six years, when DaMarcus Beasley struck for an unrecognisable Manchester City team.
Arch rivals Tottenham Hotspur dropped points to bottom side Queens Park Rangers this weekend, making it a realistic opportunity for the Gunners to make up ground on Spurs.
Manchester City meanwhile will hope to keep pace with their own rivals Man Utd at the top.
Venue Emirates Stadium, Sunday 4pm
Last season Arsenal 1 Man City 0
Referee Mike Dean
This season’s matches 14 Y49, R1, 3.57 cards per game
Odds Arsenal 7-4 Man City 9-5 Draw 9-4
Subs from Mannone, Martínez, Rosicky, Squillaci, Coquelin, Arshavin, Jenkinson, Gervinho, Gibbs, Ramsey, Diaby, Giroud, Gnabry
Doubtful Diaby (thigh), Giroud (knee)
Injured André Santos (groin, 30 Jan), Fabianski (ankle, Feb)
Form guide DWWWWL
Disciplinary record Y18 R1
Leading scorer Walcott 8
Subs from Pantilimon, Wright, Lescott, Sinclair, Suárez, Rekik, Kolarov, Balotelli, Guidetti, Lopes, Scapuzzi, Evans
Doubtful Kolarov (groin)
Injured Agüero (hamstring, 19 Jan), Maicon (knee, 29 Jan), Richards (knee, Feb), Rodwell (hamstring, unknown)
Suspended Nasri (one match)
Unavailable Razak, K Touré, Y Touré (all international duty)
Form guide WWLWWL
Disciplinary record Y31 R2
Leading scorer Dzeko 9
Manchester City have gone 27 league matches without a win at Arsenal. Their last league victory came at Highbury in the old Division One on 4 October 1975.
City have not scored on their last five league visits to Arsenal. The last City scorer was DaMarcus Beasley, who scored in the 3-1 defeat in April 2007.
Arsenal have won four of their last five league games (W4, D1).
The Gunners have picked up 34 points from 20 league matches – their least at this stage of the season since an identical tally in 2005-06. They have won nine matches – their fewest victories at this stage since 1998-99.
Arsenal have scored 40 goals in this season’s Premier League, more than they had at this stage last season when Robin van Persie was leading the line.
They have won all five league games that they have led at half-time.
City have six points fewer than at this stage last season.
They are yet to lose a game after opening the scoring (W10, D1).
No Premier League team has conceded fewer than City’s 19 goals this season.
Joe Hart is poised to make his 200th appearance in goal for Manchester City.
SOURCE: BBC Sport
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