In what many looked to in the preseason as a potential title decider match, Sunday's tilt between Manchester City and Arsenal is now about Champions Leauge qualification instead. Something that has suddenly become a bit of a fight with Manchester United's win this morning. With Arsenal's three point lead, the pressure is clearly on City to get the result as Arsenal only need a win to secure third place.
Arsenal come into the game relatively healthy but struggling on form. Only Alex Oxlaide-Chamberlain and Per Mertesacker are out, albeit for the season, and they have more than enough bodies to cover. Santi Cazorla appears fully fit, following a full match with the U21s midweek, and some rumours have him starting, although that feels fairly quick following a serious injury. Still, Wenger may want to see what his midfield presence may mean for the future. Still, Wenger has put emphasis on finishing third to avoid extra CL qualifying which would follow a very busy summer, featuring both Copa America and Euro 2016. So one wonders how much he'll be willing to tinker.
(Oh, and Spurs could be Spursing so don't take your eyes of 2nd juuuuust yet.)
Man City is coming off a rough week. Losing out to Real Madrid in the Champions League on a rather listless attack could provide both heavy legs and motivation. They are also without Kompany, Silva, Kolarov and Zabaleta, so Arsenal wil not face a full strength side. Still, it is Mauel Pellegrini's final home match as the boss, so the team and crowd will look to give him a farewell he deserves, having brought Man City a title and two league Cups during his tenure.
All of this makes it a pretty hard game to predict. Which team will be more motivated or in form is anyones guess. Really has draw written all over it.