Watch a Barclays Premier League clash of top-four teams Monday when Manchester City travels south to The Emirates in London to face on Arsenal, with just one point now separating the two clubs, who are both chasing unlikely Leicester City, who remains five points clear at the top after the weekend’s action.
With the rest of the league treating Leicester as interlopers in the top four, the Arsenal vs. Manchester City clash on Monday could be seen as an early indicator of which of the pair might eventually emerge as Barclays Premier League champion for the 2015-2016 campaign. But so far — with a 3-2 win over Everton on Saturday — Leicester don’t seem to be going away, and no matter who wins the Monday game in London, are assured of holding that top spot on Christmas Day.
That’s a meaningful position, because in the 23 seasons since England’s former First Division reorganized into the Premier League, the team that occupies first place on Christmas has gone on to win the league 11 times — and has never finished lower than third.
In fact, in the past 11 seasons, the table-topping team on Christmas has lifted the trophy five months later eight times.
But when Arsenal faces Manchester City on Monday, none of that will matter. At stake is the second-place spot, which Arsenal now occupies with 33 points from 16 games, including 10 wins and three draws against just three losses. Manchester City, on 32 points, also have won 10, but drawn two and lost four, accounting for their one-point deficit.
To watch former Arsenal great Thierry Henry offer his opinion of how the Arsenal vs. Manchester City showdown might turn out, check out the interview in the video below.
To find out how to watch Arsenal vs. Manchester City live online, see the streaming link in the final paragraph of this article. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. at The Emirates Stadium in London, England, on Monday, December 21. For United States viewers, that start time will be 3 p.m. Eastern Time, noon Pacific.
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Manchester City will be receiving a boost from the anticipated return of star Argentine striker Sergio Aguero, who has missed the last four games. Injury-riddled Arsenal are also hoping to get back at least two key players, as Alexis Sanchez and Mikel Arteta hope to be back on the pitch after lengthy injury spells.
The managers of the two top-four rivals are taking very different views of the seemingly monumental Monday Night Football match.
“It is a massive game… When we play at home you want to win because we are ambitious and we feel we have the chance to come out in a strong position after Christmas.”
But Manchester City Manager Manuel Pellegrini said that he is looking at the bigger picture, beyond the Monday night clash.
“It’s not a decisive game as after this we have to play 21 games more… It’s important to try to be the best team from the first round, to play against a team with one point more. It’s a game of six points, to win three and to take three off a rival.”
In a surprising development on Monday, however, Britain’s Independent newspaper reported that Pellegrini may now be a top candidate to make a move south to Chelsea, to take over the manager’s job there from interim boss Guus Hiddink after the close of the current season — with outgoing Bayern Munich and former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola taking over at Manchester City.
To watch Arsenal vs. Manchester City live online and see whether the Gunners can move one step closer to their first Barclays Premier League title in 12 years, or whether Manchester City takes over second place on the table, use the live stream provided by NBC Sports Live Extra at this link, or download the NBC Sports Live Extra app to watch the match on mobile devices.
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