The 17th round derby match.

Last updated: December 17, 2015 by Leon Marshal

Game details


Kick-off: Monday, 8pm
Venue: The Emirates Stadium
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: WWWDW
Away form: WWLWW
Last season: 2-2
Competition: The Premier League

Arsenal are now in top form. Arsene Wenger’s players won three consecutive games and Olivier Giroud scored 5 goals in these matches. In addition, Mesut Oezil is about to set a record for the highest number of assists. He is the key to Arsenal’s successes. The Gunners are lying in second position, just two points behind the sensational leaders – Leicester City.

The Citizens struggle when playing away from The Etihad stadium. Manchester City have recorded only one victory in their last 5 games (all tournaments). They were very lucky when in the last round City beat Swansea 2-1. The ball deflected off Iheanacho and he scored in extra time, winning the three points for his team.

Furthermore, Manchester City don’t play well at The Emirates Stadium. The Citizens have recorded only 13 away victories from 83 matches against Arsenal. The Gunners have won 50 of these games. They have scored 154 goals. Arsenal are maybe the toughest team for Manchester City to play against. The total amount of defeats for The Citizens against The Gunners is 85 from 166 matches.

Team News

There is an opportunity Sergio Aguero to take part in the match for Manchester City. The Argentinian forward is suffering from a heel injury.

Vincent Kompany is the other main omission for The Citizens. The brave defender is suffering from a calf-muscle strain.

Fernando, Zabaleta and Nasri are sure to miss the match. The Brazilian Fernando is having a hamstring problem and is not going to return until the end of the month.

Arsene Wenger can’t use 7 of his players. Arteta, Rosicky, Alexis Sanchez, Welbeck, Wilshere, Coquelin and Cazorla are injured.

Quotes of the week

arsenen wenger from arsenal
Arsene Wenger (Arsenal) :
“I’m very proud and happy of the spirit we show.”

manuel pellegrini
Manuel Pellegrini (Manchester City) :
“We really didn’t play well during the whole game. I think Swansea played a very good game.”

Expected line-ups:

Arsenal (4-1-4-1): Cech, Gibbs, Monreal, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Flamini, Oezil, Walcott, Campbell, Ramsey, Giroud.
Subs Ospina, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Chambers, Bellerin, Debuchy, Gabriel, Iwobi
Injured: Rosicky, Wilshere, Welbeck, Arteta, Sanchez, Coquelin, Cazorla.
Not available:
Manchester City (4-2-3-1): Hart, Sagna, Kolarov, Mangala, Otamendi, Fernandinho, Toure, Sterling, Silva, De Bruyne, Bony.
Subs Caballero, Manuel Garcia, Navas, Demichelis, Iheanacho, Delph, Clichy.
Injured: Kompany, Fernando, Nasri, Zabaleta, Aguero.
Not available:

Key Battle

olivier giroud Giroud this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
9 (6) 971 9 2,6 0 0 2 0
Toure this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
14 1103 2 3,1 5 1 2 0

So far this season

. . .
Arsenal this season Manchester City this season
2 League Position 3
4 (6) (at home) Wins (away) 7 (3)
5-2 vs. Leicester Biggest win 6-1 vs. Newcastle
2 (1) (at home) Draws (away) 0 (2)
1 (2) (at home) Losses (away) 2 (2)
0-2 to Chelsea and West Ham Biggest Defeat 1-4 to Liverpool and Tottenham
Giroud (9) Top scorer Aguero (7)
Oezil (13) Assist Leader Silva, De Bruyne (6)
Y16, R2 Discipline Y30, R0
3 Failures to score 3
7 Clean Sheets 7
7 Both Teams to Score Games 8
8 Over 2.5 Games 10
8 Under 2.5 Games 6
  • The last match between these two teams at The Emirates Stadium finished with a 2-2 draw. Aguero and Demichelis scored for City, while Sanchez and Wilshere found The Citizens’ net.
  • Arsenal have lost only one home Premiership match this season. The Gunners have won 4 of their 7 games at The Emirates Stadium.
  • The Citizens have conceded at least one goal in their last 4 Premier League matches. They have won only two of their last 5 games.
  • The last time Manchester City won an away match against Arsenal was two years ago, when Milner and Dzeko secured the points for City.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
18/01/15 The Premier League Man City 0-2 Arsenal Cazorla (PG) 24′
13/09/14 The Premier League Arsenal 2-2 Man City Agüero 28′
10/08/14 The Community Shield Arsenal 3-0 Man City Cazorla 21′
29/03/14 The Premier League Arsenal 1-1 Man City David Silva 18′
14/12/13 The Premier League Man City 6-3 Arsenal Agüero 14′