Arsenal set for City clash

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Manchester, England ( - Arsenal will continue its pursuit of a top-four finish on Sunday when the club heads to the Etihad for a monumental clash with Manchester City.

The Gunners arrive at the weekend in fifth place with 36 points, just one point off the pace of fourth-place Manchester United and three points back of third-place Southampton.

A convincing 3-0 home defeat of Stoke City on Sunday was Arsenal's third Premier League win in four outings, but it was the utter dominance of the match that has fans believing that Arsene Wenger's men can make a late charge for a Champions League spot.

Sunday's meeting with City should provide them with a stern test of their credentials as the Gunners have not fared well away from the Emirates, dropping four of their 11 road contests this term.

City, meanwhile, enters the weekend unbeaten in its last 12 league matches, bringing the club to second place in the table with 47 points.

But while the Citizens have managed to collect points regularly over the last couple months, their Achilles heel has been their penchant for conceding untimely goals.

Manuel Pellegrini's side enjoyed a two-goal lead at the Etihad against lowly Burnley on Dec. 28 before second-half strikes from George Boyd and Ashley Barnes saw the hosts drop two points.

They squandered another two-goal cushion on Jan. 1 when Jack Rodwell and Adam Johnson scored in quick succession to level the score for Sunderland, but Frank Lampard managed to bail the Citizens out with a 73rd-minute winner.

And last time out, Fernandinho thought he had given City a certain victory over Everton with a goal in the 74th minute at Goodison Park, but the visitors leaked a goal to Steven Naismith four minutes later to see the two sides split the points.

With both clubs boasting a reputation for offensive firepower and defensive frailties, there may be plenty of goals on hand at the Etihad on Sunday.

Also on Sunday, West Ham United will be out to snap a four-game winless run in league play when it welcomes Hull City to Upton Park, and Monday's lone contest will see Everton go for its first victory since Dec. 15 when it plays host to West Bromwich Albion.

Manchester United will look to get back on track on Saturday when the club heads to Loftus Road to take on Queens Park Rangers. United stumbled in a 1-0 home loss to Southampton last time out, and while the Red Devils will have the opportunity to rebound against a struggling QPR side, they have not fared well on the road this season, taking just 12 points from a possible 30.

First-place Chelsea will return to action with a trip to the Liberty Stadium on Saturday as the Blues will prepare to face a Swansea City side aiming to sneak into a European spot.

Liverpool, meanwhile, has not tasted defeat since a 3-0 thrashing to Manchester United on Dec. 14. The Reds will be seeking a fourth Premier League win in five outings on Saturday when they travel to Aston Villa.

Newcastle put up a good fight against Chelsea last time out but came away from Stamford Bridge empty-handed. The Magpies will hope to build off that strong showing on Saturday when they welcome surging Southampton to St. James' Park.

Also on Saturday, Sunderland will travel to White Hart Lane to face Tottenham, Leicester City will host Stoke City at the KP Stadium and Crystal Palace will take on Burnley at Turf Moor.