City focused for tough Arsenal and Chelsea tests: Garcia

The match will be televised live on Sky Sports 1, with coverage starting from 3pm. "Everybody knows them. Arsenal is a top team".

Petr Cech (calf) is out for Arsenal but Kieran Gibbs (knock) could play, while Santi Cazorla (plantaris) remains a long-term injury absentee.

Lucas Perez is out with a thigh strain, though Kieran Gibbs should be in contention at left-back.

Manchester City - Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling are battling to be fit after picking up knocks over the worldwide break but Gabriel Jesus and Ilkay Gundogan are still out.

Arsenal have lost just one of 19 previous home Premier League matches against Manchester City (W11 D6).

A victory for Manchester City at Arsenal on Sunday would be a hammer blow for the London side's hopes of securing a Champions League place. Man city meanwhile are unbeaten in their last seven games.

Arsenal's dip in form in recent weeks has been well documented as they crashed out of the Champions League while also dropping out of contention for Premier League honours.

Garcia said City, who are third in the league, needed time to recover after a spell of four games in 11 days across tournaments before the two-week break from club football.

In terms of goals for and against, it's Mourinho's side who have the better goal difference after 28 league games, despite actually scoring fewer than Conte's high-flyers. The Argentine striker has 37 goals in 53 apps against teams from the capital. "He started to work and hopefully he will start to run and then help us in the last games of the season and then come back fit in the pre-season".

The congested fixtures in the league might make qualification via that channel a little hard, concentration should therefore be shifted to the Europa league to secure a place in the champions league next season.

Arsenal will want to put in a good showing against Manchester City in their Premier League clash on Sunday, to alleviate some of the tension surrounding the under-performing club and manager Arsene Wenger.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 07: Laurent Koscielny of Arsenal reacts as he is sent off during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg match between Arsenal FC and FC Bayern Muenchen at Emirates Stadium on March 7, 2017 in London, United Kingdom.

  • Julie Sanders