Arsenal welcome Manchester City to the Emirates stadium in their match day 17 clash of the 2015/2016 Premier League season as the two team could do without their two star forwards.
Sergio Aguero and Alexis Sanchez are in a fitness battle to feature in a match that would decide who will move three points clear of who on the table.
Arsenal are second with 33 points with City third with 32 points.
Arsenal will be missing the likes of Santi Carzola, Francis Coquelin, Danny Welbeck, Jack Wilshere while City are missing captain Vincent Kompany, Paulo Zabaleta and the suspended Fernando.
The last meeting between this two sides at the Emirates ended 2 – 2 with Sanchez and Wilshere scoring for Arsenal while Aguero and Demichelis came to the resuce for Man City.
Kick off: 9pm, Nigerian time.
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Arsenal have lost one of their 18 Barclays Premier League home matches against Manchester City (W11 D6 L1), but have won just one of the last six (W1 D4 L1).
Man City have lost 22 BPL matches against Arsenal, their joint-highest number of defeats against any opponent (along with Chelsea).
Arsenal have conceded 11 goals in their last 20 BPL home matches.
Man City have won none of their last four league away fixtures and failed to score in the last three in a row.
The last time that Manchester City failed to score in four successive BPL away matches was in February 2006.
Kelechi Iheanacho’s two top-flight goals this season have won Man City four points; the same total that Olivier Giroud’s nine goals have earned Arsenal.
Mesut Ozil has been directly involved in 15 goals in as many league appearances this season (two goals, 13 assists). He was only involved in nine goals (four goals, five assists) in 22 BPL apps in 2014/15.
Giroud has scored in eight of his last 12 league appearances for Arsenal and has 11 goals in his last 13 outings for the club in all competitions.
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