Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan is likely to be out for several months after suffering knee ligament damage against Watford.
City are still without suspended duo Fernandinho and Sergio Aguero.
Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck is expected to return to full training next week after seven months out with a knee injury.
Aaron Ramsey and Shkodran Mustafi remain injured, along with Per Mertesacker and Santi Cazorla.
MOTD COMMENTATOR’S NOTES
Steve Bower: “This is a game that could determine the festive spirit of each club after contrasting emotions in the week.
“For Manchester City, it was all about returning to winning ways; now they face a sterner examination of Pep Guardiola’s methods.
“Having lost to Chelsea and Spurs already, another defeat to a rival could be damaging psychologically with a trip to Anfield also on the horizon.
“I was at Goodison to witness Arsenal’s first away defeat since losing to Barcelona in March, and it could have been a different outcome.
“How they respond will now be crucial and fascinating. Can they produce the character that some still doubt they have to be top of the tree in May? This match-up is full of intrigue.”
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola on the injury to Ilkay Gundogan: “He will be out for a long time.
“It’s so so difficult for him, it’s sad for him, we’re going to miss him a lot, it’s unlucky, but that’s football.
“Now we need him to feel we are there and wait and come back safe. He’s going to be operated (upon) and be back as soon as possible.”
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: “[Guardiola] brings his philosophy through. You expect him to put his print into his team.
“What you want of a top-level game is that it reaches the expectation quality-wise. I think that will happen because I am a positive man.”
- Arsenal are unbeaten in their last six games with Manchester City in all competitions (W3, D3).
- City’s last victory in this fixture was 6-3 at home in December 2013.
- The last six Premier League meetings have produced 24 goals – an average of four per game.
- Manchester City’s 2-0 victory over Watford on Wednesday was their first win in five league games at home (D3, L1).
- It was also the first time they had scored more than one goal during that run.
- City have not been lower than third in the table on Christmas Day since 2009-10, when they were sixth.
- They could keep consecutive Premier League clean sheets for the first time since March 2016,
- Kevin De Bruyne has provided a league-high eight assists this season. However, he has failed to score in his last 10 league appearances, his longest goal drought in the Premier League.
- Arsenal’s defeat by Everton on Tuesday was their first in the league since the opening day of the season.
- They haven’t lost consecutive Premier League away games since April 2014: 0-6 v Chelsea and 0-3 v Everton.
- The Gunners are the only Premier League side not to be losing at half-time in the Premier League this season.
- Petr Cech has failed to keep a clean sheet in his last seven Premier League appearances; he has never gone eight successive games without a clean sheet in the competition.
- Alexis Sanchez has been directly involved in 17 league goals this campaign (12 goals, 5 assists), already equalling his total from last season (13 goals, 4 assists).
Sunday 18th December 2016
Bournemouth v Southampton 13:30