Manuel Pellegrini will be frustrated from last weekend’s dropped points away at Everton when they seemingly had the game wrapped up.
City will be without the influential Yaya Toure who’s away on international duty at the African Cup of Nations, as is new signing Wilfred Bony.
Arsene Wenger needs a strong performance from his side, who need to keep pace with those chasing the Champions League places.
Manchester City’s home record: Played 10 – Won 7 – Drawn 2 – Lost 1
City haven’t been as consistent as we know they can be on home turf this season, and they need to take the approach that Mourinho’s Chelsea have with winning all their home Premier League games this campaign, as that is the difference between the two sides.
Arsenal will be looking for inspiration from goal machine Alexis Sanchez, who punished some weak defending on City’s behalf in the return fixture.
Arsenal’s away record: Played 10 – Won 4 – Drawn 3 – Lost 3
The Gunners have struggled on the road this season and this weekend’s game will be no easier for them, and they must avoid defeat at all costs as they are only one point outside the top four.
City will know what they have to do in terms of either taking the initiative to go top of the Premier League or keep pace with Chelsea, who play on Saturday away at Swansea, so the pressure is on.
We can expect a really intriguing tie with both sides conceding and scoring freely.
Manchester City’s last five: W/W/D/W/D
Arsenal’s last five: D/W/W/L/W
Key stat: Manchester City are unbeaten in their last 12 Premier League games (9 wins, 3 draws).
Key player: Alexis Sanchez – Where would Arsenal be without him? His goals and assists have played a large part this season and he will be crucial again at the weekend.
Score Prediction: Manchester City 2 – 1 Arsenal