Arsenal - Manchester City: Two sides battling for Champions League positions

The battle for Champion's League spots continues this week as Manchester City host the Gunners in a crucial top 4 deciding match.

Arsenal - Manchester City: Two sides battling for Champions League positions
Arsenal were victorious when they hosted Man City, earlier in the season | getty images

With the title now officially Leicester City's the battle for Champion's League places must take precedent, and with Liverpool having a possibility of claiming one of the English spots by winning the Europa League, the higher Arsenal can finish the better. 

The Gunners travel to the Etihad Stadium to play fourth placed Manchester City, and a win against them would solidify Arsenal in third place. Manchester City, however, will not want to let their manager Manuel Pelligirini manage his last home game and lose, thus, the competition will be fierce.

Injuries plague both teams

Both teams have been no strangers to injury this season, and that trend is continuing into the final games of the season with both picking up fresh new injuries. City will be without club captain Vincent Kopany, as well as David SilvaAleksander Kolarov and Pablo Zabaleta. How City's defence copes with these loses is unknown of yet, but as seen previously this season, they are a much stronger side with Kompany in the team than out of it.

Arsenal meanwhile have been disheartend by the news that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be out for a minimum of 2 months with a knee injury, ruling him out of Euro 2016 in the process. As well as losing the Ox, Per Mertesacker is out for the next two matches with a hamstring problem. On a positive note though, Arsenal fans could see the return of a fan favourite to the squad.

Santi Cazorla may feature

Santi Cazorla was one of the bright sparks in Arsenal's campaign this season, but has been out of action for 5 months with a knee injury, which has really hurt Arsenal's season. However, the Spaniard has been making progress off the pitch in order to make his comeback, and played 60 minutes for the Under 21's earlier in the week, leading some to say he may feature as a substitute or at east in the squad.

Champion's League Spot

As mentioned earlier, the competition for Champion's League spots is fierce, and Arsene Wenger himself knows this: "Our target now is to secure our position in the Champions League next year."

Wenger also said that getting into the second position will be a great as well, saying, "If we win the two games, we will be all right." A victory against City secures third and keeps the pressure on arch rivals Tottenham Hotspur who are second, 3 points clear. 

Second place is still possible, provided Tottenham win neither of their two remaining games and Arsenal win both of theirs. In this strangest of all seasons, seeing Arsenal come second would not be the most miraculous thing to happen, but it would certainly be a surprise. That surprise could potentially start against Manchester City.