The last seven Barclays Premier League games between Manchester City and Arsenal at the
Etihad Stadium have seen 28 goals scored.

Alexis Sanchez has been involved in more goals (19 - 12 goals and seven assists) than any other player in the Premier League this season.

There have been six red cards in the last nine Premier League matches between these two sides.

This promises to be a belter. To see David Silva and Alexis Sanchez on the same pitch, in their current form, will be a real treat. Both will be worthy candidates for Player of the Year.

Silva's impish spells have conjured up points in a period when they've been below their best. Sanchez has inspired Arsenal with his goals and work-rate to nine wins in their last 12 games.

Whisper it very quietly - things are looking up for the Gunners. Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott are all fit again, although they have lost Mathieu Debuchy and Mikel Arteta. Santi Cazorla has been in superb form. Tomas Rosicky has taken his chance well.

Olivier Giroud's power and aerial ability will trouble City, who must start Vincent Kompany if he's fully fit.

The 2-2 draw at the Emirates in September was thrilling. This will be again - if the current Arsenal turn up and not the side that was hopelessly naive at City last season.

They were five points clear at the top of the league when they lost 6-3 in the first of three capitulations at their title rivals (followed by 5-1 at Liverpool and 6-0 at Chelsea ).

If they are to get back into the title race, they need away wins in the massive games. On their visits to the other teams who finished in the top nine last season, they only won once - against Tottenham - and picked up four points from 24.

City are unbeaten in 12 league games this season and they have the wonderful Sergio Aguero far fitter than he was in his cameo comeback at Goodison.

He and Sanchez have scored or created more league goals than anyone this season. If they get good service, we should have a thriller.

If the Gunners are level after 75 minutes there could well be an upset. If they defend as they did last season, it'll be all over before half-time.

Provisional squads

Manchester City: Hart, Caballero, Zabaleta, Sagna, Demichelis, Kompany, Mangala, Boyata, Clichy, Kolarov, Milner, Silva, Navas, Sinclair, Fernando, Fernandinho, Lampard, Aguero, Jovetic, Dzeko.

Arsenal: Szczesny, Ospina, Monreal, Chambers, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Bellerin, Coquelin, Ramsey, Flamini, Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Walcott, Ozil, Sanchez, Giroud,Campbell, Akpom, Maitland-Niles.


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