Manchester City v Arsenal team news & stats

Date published: Friday 6th May 2016 2:56

Vincent Kompany: Will be given time at City

Vincent Kompany: Will be given time at City

Manchester City will need to improve on their Premier League record against Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday if they are to keep their top-four hopes in their own hands.

Team news

Vincent Kompany will miss out for Manchester City after suffering a groin injury at Real Madrid in midweek.

He joins playmaker David Silva (hamstring) and right-back Pablo Zabaleta (calf) on the sidelines, while left-back Aleksandar Kolarov is also out with a knock.

Samir Nasri is back in contention after being ineligible in the Champions League.

Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has suffered a fresh knee injury which has ruled him out of the European Championship, while Per Mertesacker will miss out against City and Aston Villa on the final day after picking up a hamstring injury.

Santi Cazorla could be involved for the first time since November, however, while fellow midfielders Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky are also fit.

Kick-off at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday is at 4pm.

Opta stats

  • Manchester City have lost 23 Premier League games against Arsenal, more than against any other side.
  • The Gunners are unbeaten in their last four Premier League matches against City, winning the last two (W2 D2).
  • City’s win percentage against Arsenal in the Premier League is 16%, their lowest against any opponent in the history of the competition.
  • Theo Walcott has scored three goals in his last two Premier League appearances against Manchester City.
  • Mesut Ozil provided his 14th and 15th assists of the season at the Emirates against Man City in December. Since then, he has contributed just three assists in 18 Premier League games.
  • Arsenal have lost just one of their last eight Premier League away matches, but five of these have been draws (W2).
  • Manchester City’s next defeat in the Premier League will be their 250th, making them the ninth team to reach this milestone.
  • The Gunners have kept three clean sheets in a row in the top flight, last managing four successive league clean sheets in May 2014.
  • Kelechi Iheanacho’s 86.9 minutes per goal rate is the best in Premier League history for any player to score three or more goals.
  • Danny Welbeck has equalled his Premier League goal tally from last season for Arsenal (4) but has played only 10 games this season compared to 25 in the last campaign.

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