Paul Ince states his prediction for Man City v Arsenal

Manchester City v Arsenal

Arsene Wenger speaks on Manchester City's desire of signing Alexis Sanchez

Arsenal face Manchester City on Sunday for the first time since a deadline day move for Alexis fell through.

Sources close to City have told me they are "confident" that Sanchez will sign for them in 2018.

"In the last two or three games he has been very close [to his best]". "After the Champions League it is so tough". Manchester City heads to this contest after recording consecutive victories in all competitions, the latest being their 4-2 victory over Napoli in Champions League in midweek. Fairly or not, the words "passenger" and "Ozil" have featured in the same sentence with regularity during 2017 and, given both Manchester City's form and Arsenal's goalless draw at Chelsea, is this one afternoon when languid creativity might be considered secondary to more basic needs?

It has been an odd season for Arsenal so far, but that isn't really particularly surprising for the fans. They now find themselves in fifth-place in the league with 19 points, level with reigning champions Chelsea, and just a single point behind third-placed Tottenham, but nine short of Manchester City at the top.

The Citizens hold a five point lead over rivals Manchester United - who play Chelsea later on, and will certaintly consolidate their lead at the summit of the log.

Sanchez, for his part, is also thought to be keen on a reunion with his former Barcelona boss, and this week made use of social media to show his support for one of Manchester City's key men.

While Arsenal's form has looked good on paper of late, they've faced just three teams now in the top half of the Premier League table during that run, and their results aren't promising.

Shkodran Mustafi, Santi Cazorla, Danny Welbeck and Calum Chambers remain out.

City's tally of 28 points equals the Premier League record after 10 games.

City have the second best defensive record in the league, conceding just six times.

Arsenal are nine points behind league leaders Manchester City at the moment and the Gunners will collide against the Citizens at the Etihad tomorrow.

But City's game is already tough enough for them to focus on United. "It is a massive game for us for many circumstances, starting from the way we want to play, to try to win the game", Sky Sports quoted Pep as saying.

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