When these two sides met at the Etihad Stadium back in September, Arsenal's season looked entirely different. They were unbeaten and coming in to the game on the back of impressive victories against Liverpool, Southampton, and Montpellier.
They took plenty of their credit from their draw with Manchester City too. Laurent Koscielny's late equaliser was more than deserved, and its dramatic nature made it feel more like a winner. Arsenal, briefly, felt like title contenders.
Now, however, the situation has shifted. The gap between the sides is 11 points, but the chasm between their aims for the season seems far greater. While City are part of a two-horse title race, Arsenal are locked in a battle with Everton and Tottenham just to try and make the top four.
Over the next few slides we take a look at the XI most likely to close that gap, and allow Arsenal to beat Manchester City.