Manuel Pellegrini
Manuel Pellegrini is preparing for his final game at the Etihad Stadium as Manchester City manager before departing in the summerGetty

Arsene Wenger takes his men to the Etihad Stadium as Arsenal face Manchester City on Sunday, 8 May, in a clash that will have a bearing on the teams' place in the top four.

Where to watch live

Kick-off is at 4pm BST. Live coverage is on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD. Radio commentary of the game will be available on BBC Radio 5 Live. Catch the highlights of the game on Match of the Day 2 on BBC One and BBC One HD at 10:30pm GMT.

Overview

Champions League status is at stake when Arsenal travel to the Etihad Stadium to take on Manchester City on Sunday (8 May) with the Gunners in third place, three points ahead of the Citizens, but have Manchester United chasing them in fifth place.

Manuel Pellegrini's team have to secure a win to have a good chance of qualifying for the last four, and the emotions will be high as it is the Chilean manager's last game at the Etihad Stadium before he makes way for Pep Guardiola next season. A draw will suit Arsenal more than the home team, but they will be favourites to win in front of their fans.

The north London club, on the other hand, will know by the time kickoff time arrives if second place is possible in the Premier League as Tottenham Hotspur take on Southampton at White Hart Lane. If Spurs win they will have confirmed their place above the Gunners on the table for the first time in 21 years following which Arsenal will have just two places to play for.

Arsene Wenger's team can confirm direct entry into the group stages of the Champions League next season with a win at the Etihad Stadium, but will have their task cut out against a charged up City team, who are coming into the game on the back of a frustrating exit from the Champions League at the hands of Real Madrid.

What managers say

Manuel Pellegrini: "I will have emotions on Sunday but I prefer not to show them in an external way. Maybe Arsene played the way he plays in the last two games against us. They let us have possession and they defended. I expect us to recover our attacking potential which was our problem against Real Madrid. I hope that on Sunday we can continue being a scoring team."

Arsene Wenger: "Sunday's game is still important, even if Leicester are champions today and we are second best. It is still a very important game because part of the responsibility of being professional is to prepare the future. The future of Arsenal Football Club depends on this game. Our target now is to secure a position in the Champions League next year. If possible, to get second place or at least secure third place. On Sunday, we can achieve that. We still have two games, and if we win those two games we will be alright."

Betting odds (888Sport.com)

  • Manchester City to win: 6/4
  • Draw: 5/2
  • Arsenal to win: 15/8

Team News

Manchester City

Possible XI: Hart, Sagna, Otamendi, Mangala, Clichy, Fernando, Fernandinho, Navas, De Bruyne, Iheanacho, Aguero.

Arsenal

Possible XI: Cech, Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Cazorla, Ramsey, Ozil, Sanchez, Welbeck.