If City keep close within the last five games, I think they will win it.
I can't see past a City win here - the speed of their attackers, and Arsenal's defensive problems, means this could be somewhat one-sided. There could be a late fitness test for the youngster, and if he doesn't feature, Stephan Lichtsteiner and Carl Jenkinson are options. The question is; Who will he replace?
Maitland-Niles is a doubt to start against Manchester City.
"I think he is good, he adapts quickly and he is a player with quality", noted Emery.Laurent Koscielny headed the equaliser and, from there, Arsenal were causing genuine trouble for City.
Unai Emery is far more pragmatic in that regard; Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette dropped deep at times in a bid to stem the City tide.
Manchester City boosted their hopes of catching Liverpool in the title race on Sunday as they beat Arsenal 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium.
Arsenal lost 2-0 to the defending Premier League champions in their opening fixture of the 2018-19 season.
Another Sane show against Arsenal?
This was his 10th Premier League hat-trick and his 14th for City in all competitions.
"If we concede one goal because we are attacking and also pushing a lot, I prefer it like that". Aguero has scored twice against them in each of the past two seasons. We always play the league and the Champions League is then a little sweet in between and we will go for it with all we have.
The Reds could only extend their advantage over the champions by a point in midweek as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Leicester City, 24 hours after City suffered a shock 2-1 loss at Newcastle United.
Leroy Sane also makes way as Guardiola packs the midfield, bringing in Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan alongside Fernandinho, David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne.
When the Arsenal manager was asked if Denis Suarez would hamper Mesut Ozi's progress at the Emirates, Emery was quick to deny that and reiterated that he is looking to forward to work with the German in the forthcoming weeks and sees himself as the fourth captain for the club. Finally, City frontman Aguero would relish the chance to dismantle the Koscielny-Mustafi partnership and ensure his team takes all three points.