Man City vs. Arsenal – Get Manchester City at 5/1 odds to beat Gunners

The Gunners have won just four times on the road this season and have already dropped 18 points, which considering they trail leaders Chelsea by 16 points, give an indications of their failings so far this campaign.

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-4While improving their away form is key to their top 4 chances, the fortress that is the Etihad will provide a tricky setting. Under Manuel Pellegrini, City won 25 wins of their 29 Premier League games with just two defeats.

Today’s game promises to be a goal fest if previous clashes are any indicator. The last seven Premier League games between Manchester City and Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium have seen 28 goals scored, with 9 alone scored last season.

The 6-3 defeat for the Gunners remains the only time an opposing team has scored three times at the Etihad in the Premier League under Pellegrini.

City need to win if they are to keep on the tails of leaders Chelsea. While the Citizens may be unbeaten in their last 12 games (W9, D3), they are five points off the top. Arsenal meanwhile have won three of their last five but lost 2-0 to Southampton on their last away outing.

The availability of Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott gives the Gunners a shouting chance. The pair are in contention after coming on the bench in the convincing win over Stoke last time out.

Kieran Gibbs is struggling with a heel injury but is expected to play however Danny Welbeck (thigh), Jack Wilshere (ankle), Mathieu Debuchy (shoulder), Mikel Arteta (ankle) and Abou Diaby (calf) are all ruled out.

City meanwhile have problems in midfield with Yaya Toure on international duty at the African cup of nations and Samir Nasri ruled out for three to four weeks.

Pellegrini will however be able to call in inspiration captain, Vincent Kompany, Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.