LONDON (Sporting Alert) — When Arsenal and Manchester City face off in the Barclays Premier League at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, both teams will be gunning for all three points – with Gunners manager Arsene Wenger saying a draw won’t help either side.
“Both teams are in the same situation – a draw is not good enough,” Wenger said on Arsenal.com.
“Man City could be eight points behind [Manchester] United at the start of the game. We will be in a situation where we want to win the game so it promises to be a very offensive match.
“In recent seasons, Man City came to Arsenal playing for the draw and I feel that this time both teams will go for the win.
“Man City have good potential and I believe personally that we are a different team now. We are more stable and it is a good opportunity to show it.”
He added: “Man City are in a situation where they will have to win. They are in a position as well where one point is not good enough and that is why it will be a very exciting game.
“It is a game where everybody will give absolutely everything.”
In team news for Manchester City, striker Sergio Aguero is expected to be fit for the clash, but it is still uncertain as to whether he will start.
The Argentine international missed the last game because of a foot, but Mancini revealed that he will be back to face Arsenal.
Aguero’s fellow countryman Carlos Tevez, who only just returned to the side is again expected to start amongst the substitutes for the contest, while defender Joleon Lescott (hip) is battle for a place.
For Arsenal, there are no fresh injury to report about with midfielder Jack Wilshere (ankle) hoping to return from a long wait on the sideline.
Arsenal v Manchester City Teams
Arsenal (squad): Szczesny, Sagna, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Gibbs, Song, Arteta, Rosicky, Gervinho, Walcott, van Persie, Fabianski Djourou, Santos, Jenkinson, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Benayoun, Chamakh.
Manchester City (squad): Hart, Pantilimon, Richards, Zabaleta, Lescott, Kompany, Savic, K Toure, Kolarov, Clichy, Nasri, Milner, Johnson, Pizarro, Y Toure, Barry, De Jong, Silva, Aguero, Balotelli, Dzeko, Tevez.