Alexis Sanchez has returned to training from a hamstring injury to boost Arsenal ahead of their crunch Premier League encounter against the Manchester City on Monday. And Gunners boss Arsene Wenger feels the City are no longer a potential threat for his side.
Apart from forward Sanchez, Mikel Arteta, recovering from a calf injury, is about to start on Monday. But Jack Wilshere, Francis Coquelin, Danny Welbeck, Santi Cazorla and Tomas Rosicky will have to sit out.
Manchester City, on the other hand, will bring back their top scorer Sergio Aguero, who missed four-in-a-row with a heel injury. But Spaniard David Silva will return to pull the strings from the midfield. Belgian skipper Vincent Kompany will be missing the game, along with Pablo Zabaleta, Fernando and Samir Nasri. So City would land on Emirates Stadium on Monday with a depleted roster.
“It is a massive game. When we play at home, you want to win because we are ambitious and we feel we have the chance to come out in a strong position after Christmas,” said Arsene Wenger. The Gunners boss will be out on a duel of strategy with City’s Manuel Pellegrini.
City once robbed the North Londoners their best players during the transfer seasons. “It’s not a decisive game as after this we have to play 21 games more,” said Pellegrini, making the situation much lighter.
The Gunners haven’t lost at home this season, a record Wenger’s men would love to maintain on Monday.