Arsenal vs Manchester City - as it happened: Shkodran Mustafi header salvages a point for the Gunners

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Arsenal entertain Manchester City on Sunday, as Arsène Wenger's side look to stop the rot which has left them in serious danger of failing to achieve a top-four finish.

The Gunners have fallen away from their rivals for Champions League qualification following defeats at Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion, and will have to overcome the uncertainty which surrounds their manager's future.

City, meanwhile, have improved domestically, but were held to a 1-1 home draw by Liverpool last time out. Pep Guardiola's side have won their last three league fixtures away from home against West Ham, Bournemouth and Sunderland.

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Hello and welcome to The Independent's live coverage of today's Premier League clash between Arsenal and Manchester City. With the two sides seemingly caught on repeat, both will be desperate to get three points under their belts this afternoon following a disappointing string of results.
 
There's no denying that the home side have more to lose though. Arsenal have not won in the league since early February and with Arsene Wenger facing mounting calls to step down, defeat today would surely send the Emirates into meltdown.
 
As for Manchester City, Pep Guardiola's side have flashed with brilliance this season but inconsistency and teething problems have seen the side fall off in the title race. City have managed just one win from their last four games (which came in the FA Cup) and were notably dumped out of Europe by Monaco. A win today, however, could restore some much-needed faith to the side and keep them on course for a top-four finish.
 
Arsene Wenger and Pep Guardiola
 
"In a campaign where everything is piling up and Arsenal have suffered a torrid last two months, the considered economist in Arsene Wenger still goes back to the little moments that could have gone a different way, and led to a different season. He particularly points to their last game against Manchester City, and the match just before it away to Everton. The latter brought Arsenal’s first league defeat in 15 since the opening day at home to Liverpool, and then another in quick succession.

"...City have not been consistent or all that convincing this campaign, but it cannot be denied that they regularly create an abundance of good chances, suggesting that there is something more there."

Chief football writer Miguel Delaney casts his astute eye over the two teams ahead of today's showdown. Both teams seem to be caught in repeat but there's no denying that it is Wenger who currently stands to lose the most. Read on for more of his analysis...
 
 
Wenger made it clear on Friday that he possesses the same hunger and love for the game as when he first walked through the doors at Arsenal. The Frenchman was adamant in his press conference that he would not retire - something he believes is for "old people".
 
“I will not retire,” Wenger asserted. “Retiring is for young people. For old people, retirement is dying.”
 
"of course I'm as hungry,” he added. “I carry a bit more pressure on my shoulders than 20 years ago but the hunger is exactly the same.
 
"When you see what the club was and what it is today – when I arrived we were 70 employees, we are 700 today. One share was £400, it £18,000 today. And I'll tell you straight away, I don't have any shares.”
 
Arsene Wenger has no plans of retiring
 
TEAM NEWS:
 
Manchester City make just one change to their starting line-up.

Jesus Navas comes into the side, with Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure on the bench. Defender Vincent Kompany returns to the match-day squad following his recovery from injury.
Five changes to the Arsenal side that were beaten by West Brom last month. David Opsina, Shkodran Mustafi, Nacho Monreal, Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck all start for the Gunners.
 
Good to see Welbeck back on the team-sheet but could Wenger be taking a risk in playing him? He didn't even make it on to the bench against West Brom and is sure to lack match fitness or sharpness. He faces quite the challenge today.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Aaron Ramsey miss out through a hamstring and calf injury respectively.
Arsenal enter the clash with a tremendous home record against their opponents. With just one defeat in 19 home games against The Citizens, this should fill the Gunners with confidence. However, Guardiola's men will be looking to do a league double over Arsenal for the first time since 1975-76. This combined with the prospect of a top four finish for both clubs on the horizon - it's all to play for.
 
Kick off at 16:00.
The players are lined up in the tunnel - just minutes until kick off now. 
 
Stay tuned for minute-by-minute coverage of all of the action. 
KICK OFF
 
City kick off to get the action underway. Game on!
2 MINS
 
Ozil delivers an early Arsenal free kick into the box, but it's easily dealt with by Caballero.
3 MINS
 
Clichy threads a delicate through ball to put Aguero through on goal, but to the relief of the home fans - the offside flag is raised.
5 MINS
 
GOAL
 
ARSENAL 0 - 1 MANCHESTER CITY
 
Sane has provided the visitors with an early opener from close range, assisted by De Bruyne. The 21-year-old picks up possession, paces away from Bellerin, past Ospina and taps the ball into an open net.
 
Game on.
8 MINS
 
Yellow card: Navas is booked for his challenge into Monreal with raised studs.
10 MINS
 
De Bruyne rattles the woodwork with a first time strike from the edge of the area. It had beaten Ospina, but The Gunners were saved by the post.
13 MINS
 
Arsenal are beginning to pick up the tempo, as they attempt to level this one goal deficit. Navas is looking vulnerable down the right and the home side really are taking advantage of it.
15 MINS
 
Yellow card: Coquelin is booked for his crashing challenge into the back of Silva.
18 MINS
 
Aguero bursts forward, before spreading the ball wide to Navas. He delivers the ball into the danger zone, but Bellerin manages to clear the danger. Corner kick to City.
21 MINS
 
Ozil picks up possession inside of the area, turns quickly and gets a shot out on goal. It's a simple save in the end for Caballero, but that moves highlighted some sloppy defending from Guardiola's men.
24 MINS
 
An Arsenal corner falls to Monreal on the edge of the area, he goes for goal with a right-footed attempt but it flies way over the target. 

What time is kick off?

The match will kick off at 4.00pm on Sunday 1 April.

Where can I watch it?

It will be shown live on Sky Sports 1, with highlights aired on BBC One at 10.30pm. 

Past three meetings...

Manchester City 2 (Sane, Sterling) Arsenal 1 (Walcott)
Premier League, December 2016

Manchester City 2 (Aguero, De Bruyne) Arsenal 2 (Giroud, Sanchez)
Premier League, May 2016

Arsenal 2 (Walcott, Giroud) Manchester City 1 (Toure)
Premier League, December 2015

Form...

Arsenal: LWLLWL

Manchester City: WWDWLD

Odds...

Provided by 888.com

Arsenal: 21/10

Manchester City: 5/4

Draw: 13/5

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