Manchester City can move back to within two points of leaders Chelsea by seeing off Arsenal, who are looking to stay in touch with the top four.
After wiping out a gap that once stood at eight points, the Premier League champions will be frustrated to have handed the initiative back to Chelsea as a result of a draw at Everton, where they failed to hold on despite taking the lead with less than 15 minutes remaining.
Despite that, they continue to look strong, and once again there was marvellous football on display at Goodison Park. City have coped admirably without a recognised striker in recent weeks, but they now have top scorer Sergio Aguero back from injury and as ever he will provide cutting edge in abundance.
That means Arsenal must hold firm, while nullifying the creativity of in-form playmaker David Silva. This is another key game for the Gunners, with some still questioning whether they can compete away to the top sides in the Premier League. They conceded six in this fixture last season, so will be desperate to avoid a repeat.
But they do possess plenty of attacking threat, with Santi Cazorla in top form as well as Alexis Sanchez, who continues to win universal acclaim. Two goals and an assist capped a fine display for the Chilean against Stoke City last time out in what turned about to be a very comfortable win.
Captain Vincent Kompany is likely to return to the Man City team after injury, but Samir Nasri begins a three-week absence and so cannot face his former club.
Arsenal have doubts over Kieran Gibbs and are definitely without Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Debuchy. Calum Chambers could be back after recovering from illness.
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