Arsenal will be protecting an excellent home record against Manchester City on Monday night (8pm) – in a fixture that has recently seen a spate of red cards.
Arsene Wenger remains hopeful about Alexis Sanchez’s chances of playing in Arsenal’s crunch Barclays Premier League clash with Manchester City on Monday.
The Chile forward has been missing with a hamstring problem but returned to training earlier this week and is in contention to make a timely return for the Gunners.
Midfielder Mikel Arteta could also be back following a calf injury, but Jack Wilshere (leg), Francis Coquelin, Danny Welbeck, Santi Cazorla and Tomas Rosicky (all knee) are missing.
Sergio Aguero is back in contention for Manchester City after four games out with a heel injury.
Captain Vincent Kompany (calf) is back in light training but is not yet working with the squad so continues to sit out.
City midfielder Fernando (hamstring) and defender Pablo Zabaleta (knee) are also still on the sidelines, while playmaker Samir Nasri (leg) is out long term.
- Arsenal have lost just one of their 18 Barclays Premier League home games against Manchester City (W11 D6 L1), but have won just one of the last six (W1 D4 L1).
- Manchester City have lost 22 Premier League games against Arsenal, their joint-most defeats against any opponent (along with Chelsea).
- There have been five red cards in the last five Premier League matches between Man City and Arsenal at the Emirates.
- The Gunners have conceded just 11 goals in their last 20 Premier League games at the Emirates.
- Man City have won none of their last four Premier League away matches and failed to score in the last three in a row.
- The last time that Manchester City failed to score in four successive Premier League away games was in February 2006.
- Kelechi Iheanacho’s two Premier League goals this season have won Man City four points; the same total that Olivier Giroud’s nine goals have earned Arsenal.
- Petr Cech has equalled David James’ record of 169 Premier League clean sheets and needs one more to be the outright leader.
- Mesut Ozil has had a hand in 15 goals in 15 Premier League appearances this season (two goals, 13 assists) – he was only involved in nine goals (four goals, five assists) in 22 PL apps in 2014-15.
- Olivier Giroud has scored in eight of his last 12 Premier League appearances for Arsenal and has 11 goals in his last 13 appearances for the club in all competitions.