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The Gunners now sit 10 points behind fourth-placed Tottenham with a game in hand, and anything less than a win against Manchester City – who have dropped just nine points all season – will likely leave Europa League glory as the only route back into the Champions League.
Nacho Monreal will miss tonight’s game after sustaining an injury in Sunday’s EFL Cup final.
The Spain international was forced off in the 3-0 loss to City with a back problem, which has also ruled him out of Sunday’s trip to Brighton.
Arsene Wenger has no other fresh injury concerns and can recall January signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who was cup-tied at Wembley.
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