The Premier League returns after the international break with a host of captivating fixtures on display, including third placed Manchester City travelling to sixth placed Arsenal.
Arsenal will be hoping to bounce-back from a horrible run of form, having lost four out of their last five games. Manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that the Gunners will be without first choice goalkeeper Petr Cech and striker Lucas Perez through injury. However, the Arsenal boss confirmed that Mesut Ozil may be in contention to return to the starting line-up having played 20 minutes for Germany in their last international friendly.
48% – Sanchez has been involved in 27 goals (18 goals, 9 assists) in 27 PL games this season, that’s to say 48% of Arsenal’s goals. Leaving? pic.twitter.com/Mt4tjV9UnF
— OptaJean (@OptaJean) March 30, 2017
Meanwhile, Manchester City are in fairly good form ahead of the game at The Emirates, as Pep Guardiola’s side have not tasted defeat in the league since January, however they have drawn their last two matches. Kevin De Bruyne is a doubt for the trip to Arsenal with a groin strain and the Citizens will also be without Gabriel Jesus who sustained a broken metatarsal injury in February.
Most assists from wide areas in the Premier League this season:
K. De Bruyne (6)
C. Eriksen (5)
G. Sigurdsson (5)
Perfect delivery. 🎯 pic.twitter.com/NGpqX5bxvJ
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) March 24, 2017
In the reverse fixture, Manchester City took all three points at the Etihad Stadium with a 2-1 victory as City fell behind to an early Theo Walcott goal, but recovered to win the game with two second half goals. But it was the Gunners who were victorious in last season’ss fixture at the Emirates with a 2-1 win as Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud fired the North London side in to a two goal lead, before Yaya Toure earned City a consolation goal late on.
23 – Man City have lost more Premier League games against Arsenal than they have against any other side. Bogey. (opta)
— Football News (@GoalReporter) May 8, 2016