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Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger Reuters

Arsenal host Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday.

Where to Watch Live

Kick-off is set for 5:30pm GMT. Live coverage is on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD. Catch highlights of the game on Match of the Day on BBC One and BBC One HD at 10:30pm GMT.


Arsenal are without a win in their last two league fixtures, during which they have conceded eight goals. The humiliating 6-0 defeat against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last weekend was followed by a 2-2 draw at home to Swansea City on Tuesday.

The Gunners trailed for much of the game to Wilfried Bony's goal in the 11<sup>th minute. However, two quick-fire goals from Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud after the 72<sup>nd minute turned the game in the home side's favour. But, the Welsh club kept pushing for an equaliser and were finally rewarded in the 90<sup>th minute when the ball entered the goal after bouncing off Mathieu Flamini.

The draw was a setback for the north London club in the title race, leaving them fourth in the league with 63 points from 31 matches, six behind leaders Chelsea.

Meanwhile, City are high on confidence and have not conceded a single goal in their last three league matches, scoring 10 goals to win all of them. Manuel Pellegrini's side thumped archrivals and neighbours Manchester United in their previous league fixture at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

Edin Dzeko
Edin Dzeko Reuters

The Citizens registered a 3-0 victory against the reigning English champions and began the evening with Edin Dzeko opening the scoring in the first minute. The Bosnian added one more in the second half before Yaya Toure capped a brilliant night for the away side with a late third goal.

City are currently third in the league table with 66 points from 29 matches, trailing leaders Chelsea by three points but with two games in hand.

However, this is a must win game for Arsenal as it could propel them back into contention for the league title.

What the Managers Say

Arsene Wenger: "Manchester City are great going forward. They have a fantastic attacking force with many creative players. They have the biggest variety of potentialities. Certainly the quality of our defensive performance will be very important on Saturday. These days there are a lot of expectations around Man City. And, even though there's a long history of foreign managers in England, I think Pellegrini has handled the tensions and the stress very well."

Manuel Pellegrini: "This is a big game because it is against a team fighting for the title also. It's a match of six points, but not the match that will decide the title. Arsenal have not had a good week but they are a still a very good team. They are playing at home and have very good players and I am sure we will need to play a very good game if we want to win."

Team Form

Olivier Giroud
Olivier Giroud


  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): D L W D W
  • Last Result: Arsenal 2-2 Swansea City

Manchester City

  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W W W L L
  • Last Result: Manchester United 0-3 Manchester City

Team News


  • Injured: Theo Walcott (knee), Mesut Ozil (hamstring), Aaron Ramsey (thigh), Jack Wilshere (ankle), Abou Diaby (knee), Laurent Koscielny (calf)
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Lineup: Szczesny; Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs; Arteta, Flamini; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Rosicky, Cazorla; Giroud

Manchester City

  • Injured: Matija Nastasic (knee), Sergio Aguero (hamstring)
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Lineup: Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Clichy; Fernandinho, Toure; Nasri, Jovetic, Silva; Dzeko