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Arsenal host Manchester City this evening.

Arsenal take on Manchester City this evening with both clubs looking to close the gap on surprise Premier League leaders Leicester City.

The Gunners have home advantage, and have beaten City in two of their last three meetings, victorious in the 2014 Community Shield, and last season at The Etihad, although last year's clash at The Emirates ended a draw.

Arsenal and City are considered the favourites for the title, and the winner of this game will receive a big confidence boost heading into the festive fixtures.

City will hope there is no repeat of their visit to North London earlier this season, when they lost 4-1 to Tottenham.

Arsenal have a one point advantage heading into the game, five points behind Claudio Ranieri's Leicester.

City are without captain Vincent Kompany, who has not featured since the last international break.

Arsenal themselves are missing Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin, key players in their 2-0 win over City in January, along with long term absentees Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck and Tomas Rosicky.

Arsenal lineup

Starting:

  • Petr Cech
  • Héctor Bellerín
  • Laurent Koscielny
  • Per Mertesacker
  • Nacho Monreal
  • Mathieu Flamini
  • Aaron Ramsey
  • Mesut Özil
  • Joel Campbell
  • Olivier Giroud
  • Theo Walcott

Substitutes: David Ospina, Calum Chambers, Gabriel Paulista, Kieran Gibbs, Alex Iwobi, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jeff Reine Adelaide.

Man City lineup

Starting:

  • Joe Hart
  • Aleksandar Kolarov
  • Eliaquim Mangala
  • Nicolás Otamendi
  • Bacary Sagna
  • Kevin De Bruyne
  • Fabian Delph
  • Fernandinho
  • David Silva
  • Yaya Touré
  • Sergio Agüero

Substitutes: Willy Caballero, Gaël Clichy, Martín Demichelis, Jesús Navas, Wilfried Bony, Kelechi Iheanacho, Raheem Sterling.

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