Arsenal hosts Manchester City on Monday night in what promises to be a tough and vital clash. After 16 games, Arsenal sits second on the Premier league log, a point above third-placed City and two behind surprise leaders Leceister city. This sets the stage for a scintillating (and possibly, defining) thriller at the Emirates. The North Londoners are enjoying a rich vein of form having ensured progress into the round of 16 in the Champions league where they will face Barcelona. They also trounced Aston Villa two-nil last weekend and will be hoping to continue the run.
Manchester City, on the other hand, have been impressive this season save for one or two stutters on the way- they lost to Stoke city two weeks ago before bouncing back with hard-fought 4-2 and 2-1 wins over Borussia Dortmund and Swansea city respectively.
Ahead of the cracker, Arsenal’s boss had a timeout with the press and he spoke on his team’s preparation as well as a number of issues. According to Wenger, Arsenal may welcome Alexis Sanchez back to the group for the match. “There is one or two possible comebacks. Alexis Sanchez is a possibility, he is running”. With regards to the game, Wenger recognized the top quality of opposition his side faces and expects to do more than enough to procure the needed result. “City is a threat. You look at their individual quality and they are in it. We will need a top, top, top level performance against them on Monday. We have shown recently we have a fantastic mentality in the team. What will be an advantage for us is to focus on our performance. We go into a top level game”.
One man to watch out for on the pitch is star man, Mesut Ozil. The German international has left fans drooling with admiration given his performance this season. The midfielder has 13 assists to his name so far in the Premier league this season and looks to be building more momentum. Arsene Wenger highlighted the major role played by the player, “He is the main provider in our team. Players who make you score are difficult to find.”
Will Mesut Ozil yet again create the difference when both sides meet on Monday night? The stakes are indeed high and both teams may just look back to this moment at the end of the season with so much significance.