The Premier League title has already been won by the team predicted to relegation-bound, Leicester City. But the third place remains important to the two teams that will be competing for it this weekend.
Arsenal and Manchester City will both vying for the 3rd spot in the league for automatic qualification for the Champions League next season when the two teams meet at the Etihad stadium on Sunday evening.
The fourth position means a team will have to go through the playoffs before securing a place in the Europe elite club competition.
Man City will be aiming to reclaim the third spot after losing to Southampton last weekend. They had an eye on the semifinal 2nd leg match against Real Madrid, which they eventually lost by 0-1 (aggregate).
Arsenal managed a narrow 1-0 win-marred by boos and protests from the fans- over Norwich City and are three points – in the 3rd position- ahead of Man City who occupies the fourth spot. Arsenal will also be aiming to move above Tottenham into the second place.
The Gunners have not finished below our London rivals in 20 years. Except Per Mertesqcker who picked up a hamstring injury in the win over Norwich, Arsene Wenger have a full squad to pick from. Gabriel Paulista could come in for the injured vice-captain who will also miss our last game of the season against Aston Villa.
Man City have more injuries confer with Manager Manuel Pellegrini under pressure to qualify the team for the Champions League next season.
The Sky Blues will be without captain Vincent Kompany-who picked a grin injury during the loss to Real Madrid on Wednesday. Davil Silva, Pablo Zabaleta and Aleksandar Kolarov all remained on the sidelines.
We are unbeaten in the last eight league matches and have kept three consecutive clean sheets in our last four games. We have also won our last four matches against City. Welbeck -who came off the bench to score the winner against Norwich- may get the no ahead of Olivier Giroud who has gone 15 Premier League games without a goal.
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