Arsenal vs Manchester City preview: Zabaleta, Sterling and De Bruyne all available for selection

By Ric Turner, Fri 31 March 2017 16:04


Arsenal vs Manchester City preview: Zabaleta, Sterling and De Bruyne all available for selectionGabriel Jesus and Ilkay Gundogan only absentees for trip to The Emirates

Arsenal vs Manchester City

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 4.00pm, Sunday 2nd April 2017

Venue: Emirates Stadium, North London

Referee: Andre Marriner Assistants: S Beck, R West Fourth Official: C Pawson

Odds: Arsenal 2/1, Draw 5/2, City 7/5

Tickets: Sold out

TV: Sky Sports

Arsenal

Manager: Arsene Wenger

Squad (from): Ospina, Martinez, Debuchy, Gibbs, Mertesacker, Mustafi, Gabriel, Kodscielny, Bellerin, Ozil, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Coquelin, Elneny, Iwobi, Xhaka, Giround, Walcott, Sanchez, Welbeck

Injured: Cech, Perez, Cazorla

Doubtful: Gibbs

Suspended: None

Form guide: LWLLWL

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Bravo, Caballero, Clichy, Kolarov, Kompany, Otamendi, Sagna, Stones, Zabaleta, De Bruyne, Delph, Fernandinho, Fernando, Garcia, Navas, Nolito, Sane, Silva, Sterling, Toure, Aguero, Iheanacho

Injured: Jesus, Gundogan

Doubtful: Sterling, De Bruyne, Zabaleta, Sagna

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWDWLD

Long-term injury victims Ilkay Gundogan (knee) and Gabriel Jesus (foot) are the only absentees for the trip to the Emirates Stadium, with Pep Guardiola reporting that he has virtually a fully fit squad to choose from. There had been doubts about a number of players following the international break, but the manager confirmed that they would be available.

“Except Gabriel Jesus and Gundogan, the others are okay,” he told reporters. “Yeah, [Pablo] Zabaleta as well [as Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne is fit]. They are not top, top perfect but, yeah, they are fit.”

His counterpart Arsene Wenger is under some pressure after a recent run of poor form, but Guardiola will not be underestimating Sunday's opponents:

"Arsene is so professional and so are the Arsenal players, they want to win all their games, there is no problem with that.

"I'm a big fan of all of Arsenal’s players but when the team is not playing well the big players are speculated about.

"When they lose a lot of games this is the most anxious moment to play them, they have good quality. Arsenal is a top team."

City's last away game at Arsenal ended in a 2-1 defeat, with Yaya Toure on the scoresheet for City. Overall City have won 37 of the 159 games played against Arsenal, with 39 draws and 83 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Caballero, Fernandinho, Stones, Kolarov, Clichy, Toure, Silva, De Bruyne, Sterling, Sane, Aguero

Score prediction: Arsenal 2 City 2

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