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Will Theo Walcott sign a new deal or leave the Emirates for free?
Sunday has a feast of football on offer for the fans and, although this game is Sunday's late kickoff, I'll talk about it here. Arsenal host Manchester City in what is a critical game for both sides.
Don't let Arsenal's couple of thumping wins over the last six weeks fool you. They may have beaten Reading 5-2 on December 17th and Newcastle 7-3 on December 29th, but if you take those two results out of it, Arsenal have been lucky to pick up points. They needed a total of three penalties to see off West Brom at home and Wigan away, they drew with Southampton and they lost to Swansea.
That's against the so-called "smaller" clubs, so if they struggle to beat them, how can they possibly expect to cause the "bigger" sides problems?
Arsenal need Theo Walcott to be at his best on Sunday. The England international has been scoring goals for fun lately, and he'll want to use Sunday's match as a way to further enhance his case to get the sort of contract he wants.
The Independent reported that, although both parties are close to reaching an agreement, Walcott has yet to receive a firm offer from the club. Otherwise, putting himself in the shop window with a stellar performance against the English champions could only help his case in finding a new club.
Arsenal are already four points behind fourth-placed Chelsea with the same number of games played, and their next two fixtures are against the current English champions (Manchester City) and the current European champions (Chelsea). If Arsenal lose both of those games, which might happen given their current inconsistent form and defensive frailties, they will struggle to qualify for the Champions League next season.
As good as they can be going forward, Arsenal are shocking defensively, and they'll need to shore things up before City come calling for Sunday dinner.
City have got some problems of their own right now.
Mario Balotelli and Roberto Mancini hit the headlines last week after pictures surfaced of them having a "disagreement" on the training ground. You can see images of their bust-up here, sourced from Sky News.
In fairness, Mancini tried to play down the incident during a press conference the following day (sourced via The Daily Telegraph website), and said: "I will give him another 100 chances if possible, if I think he can change. I am here for this. Sometimes I am upset with him because he doesn't everything [I ask], but I give him another chance, sure. He is 22 and he can do a mistake."
I understand that there's some kind of bond there between Mancini and the enigmatic Balotelli, but there has to be a point where enough is enough. His behaviour has to change, or he'll run the risk of never fulfilling his potential. Balotelli was actually sent off in this fixture last season, but it wouldn't surprise me if he played this Sunday.
It's exactly the kind of game and situation that Balotelli thrives on, and what better way to make a point than to play well and score against Arsenal?
There's a fair chance that Balotelli will play on Sunday, given the news that Sergio Aguero has torn his hamstring. The Argentinean star took to his official Twitter account last Saturday to confirm the injury.
City are also without the inspirational Yaya Toure, but they should have enough strength in depth to cope with his absence.
Even with the players they've got missing, I still think City's first XI are stronger than Arsenal's and Arsene Wenger will find himself under even more pressure after Sunday's match.
Prediction: Manchester City win