Title chasing pair, Arsenal and Manchester City met at the Emirates on Monday looking to send out a pre-Christmas message to the rest of the league as Paddy Power announce their live streaming service is in operation as well as an enhanced offer for punters.
The pair head into round 17 of an exhilarating and inconsistent season second and third respectively.
Both sides have some mixed recent with the Gunners slightly shading events; they have won two and drawn two of their last five games, their sole defeat coming at the hands of West Bromwich Albion.
The club have won each of their last two games however beating Sunderland and Aston Villa, scoring five goals and conceding one, but the arrival of Manchester City should prve a tough ask for Arsene Wenger’s side.
Manchester City meanwhile have lost two and drawn one of their last five and will head into the clash on the back of a rather late and fortunate win over Swansea.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side were given a tough game against the Welsh side and needed a 90th minute winner from Kelechi Iheanacho to secure the three points. It was a performance which will have disappointed City fans as although the Citizens took the three points, it was rather a lacklustre display.
Away from the Etihad City have not won in their last four with draws with Manchester United and Aston Villa sandwiched in between defeats to Spurs and Stoke, and suprisingly for a side with so much quality scoring has been a problem – in fact City have failed to score in their last three away matches.
The good news for Pellegrini is that star forward Sergio Aguero is set to be fit to start. The Argentine international is back in full training after a heel injury sustained in the 3-1 win over Southampton on November 28.
The forward has scored 7 Premier League goals this season despite managing just 9 starts.
City will definitely be without Samir Nasri and Fernando while Pablo Zabaleta could be fit after missing recent games due to a knee ligament injury. Even if fit it is unlikely he will dislodge Bacary Sagna at right-back while Vincent Kompany could also be back if he can shake of his most recent calf injury.
Arsenal will be missing a number of stars most notably Francis Coquelin, Danny Welbeck, Tomas Rosicky, Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere.
Alexis Sanchez is back in the squad again after being rested last weekend while Mikel Arteta is also likely to be available to Arsene Wenger, as the Gunners look to keep in touch with Leicester, who again confounded critics with a remarkable 3-2 away win at Everton on the weekend.
A win would leave them only two points behind the Premier League leaders and with a busy run of fixtures to look forward to over Christmas, Arsene Wenger will be looking to keep the Gunners in contention at the top.
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