Arsenal v Manchester City, Sun 16:00
Roberto Mancini’s side risk falling eight points off the pace set by Manchester United at the head of the Premier League if they fail to earn a result at the Emirates Stadium on Easter Sunday, as Paddy Power offer big odds on Arsene Wenger’s side taking all three points in their battle for Champions League qualification.
The Citizens have entered a stale bit form but will be hoping to resurrect their bid for the domestic title with a victory over Arsenal who are coming off the back of a loss to relegation threatened QPR.
The Gunners are seeking automatic qualification to next Champions League and although it won’t be a priority of theirs to lend Manchester United a helping hand in their championship defence, not many results would boost morale more than a victory over genuine top spot contenders.
Arsenal have looked dangerous going forward this season and while it’s true that the vast majority of that success is down to the prolific form of Robin van Persie, the fact that the Dutchman hasn’t scored in his last three games shows that there is something more to the team than just one superstar.
While attacking play could usually be said to be a priority for the North London club, the Arsenal defence has shown itself to be a key aspect of their season also and after conceding just 0.80 goals per game at home this season, it would seem that City could struggle to earn a result on Sunday and remain within touching distance of Manchester United.
Mancini’s men have won just two of their last six outings with their latest disappointment coming in the form of a 3-3 home draw against Sunderland.
Samir Nasri and Sergio Aguero both missed the Black Cats fixture and are likely to return against Arsenal while it’s uncertain whether Micah Richards will make the trip after being subbed off against Martin O’Neill’s side.
Abou Diaby has seen some action in the Gunners reserves in recent weeks and will be hoping to gain fitness in time for this weekend after what has been a torrid season full of injury setbacks.