The boys looked in confident mood ahead of Monday’s game, and look more than capable of getting all three points when we play host to Manchester City.
It was a huge boost to see Alexis Sanchez back in training, with the Chilean missing a few games following his hamstring injury against Norwich (via Arsenal.com). Unfortunately he didn’t seem to play a huge part in training, as he only appeared in the background of a single image. Hopefully he’s well on his way to full fitness, and is potentially able to play a part against Manuel Pellegrini’s side.
Mesut Özil was far more heavily involved, which is great news considering the sparse rumours that have been swirling around. It was reported last week that the German was suffering from a tight calf (via The Telegraph’s Ali Tweedale), but it seems as though he’s totally shaken that off now.
They were joined by the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Joel Campbell, Laurent Koscielny, and Olivier Giroud, all of whom are likely to start this Monday.
We’ll need to be at our best to beat City, as they are unquestionably one of our closest title rivals this season. Leicester City may be ahead of us in first place at the moment, but we expect Claudio Ranieri’s side to drop off the pace a little in the new year.
City have some injury concerns of their own, with two of their key stars suffering recently. Sergio Aguero unfortunately looks set to return, but thankfully Vincent Kompany remains absent (via Goal).
The Citizens are a shadow of themselves without the Belgian in the side, and they leak goals consistently without their captain. With no Kompany we should be confident of our ability to score, so it’s a matter of keeping things tight at the back against the likes of Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne, and David Silva.
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This game is unquestionably a real six pointer, but we look in good shape to get the win and keep the pressure up on high flying Leicester.