Sunday, May 08, 2011



Most would normally expect Arsenal to come here with an uneasy feeling in their stomach, there is a little bad feeling between the two clubs following the Ryan Shawcross "tackle" on Aaron Ramsey last year, but the Gunners are not as prepared to roll over any more in these type of fixtures and have posted more road wins than any other EPL side this campaign. Also, with City having the small matter of a FA Cup final appearance at Wembley next weekend and with nothing to play for apart from prize money, it is the home side who might enter this with a little trepidation. Remember, City are the oldest club in the top flight, being founded in 1863 and have never won the league or appeared in the FA Cup final, in terms of history the final is HUGE for them and if they win it, the starting eleven will roll off the tongues of Stoke fans for generations to come, no one wants to miss out on the big day and that might be in the back of all the City players this afternoon.

Arenal will all but ensure third place with victory today but can close in on second, maybe even United in first place with the top two facing off at Old Trafford later in the day and that is incentive enough, effectively keeping their season alive.

Arsenal : Szczesny, Sagna, Koscielny, Djourou, Gibbs, Song, Wilshere, Ramsey, Walcott, Arshavin, Van Persie .

Subs: Lehmann, Vermaelen, Rosicky, Squillaci, Eboue, Chamakh, Bendtner.

Arsenal -0.75 ball currently....... 2.20.

Good Luck.

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