Arsenal has had plenty to smile about over the past month.
Sunday's showdown between Arsenal and Manchester City is all about the standings.
Both teams have plenty of reason to go all-out in London, as the Gunners are just a few points behind Chelsea for fourth place and the Sky Blues are still within reach of first.
However, Manchester City will be missing a handful of key players, leaving the door open for the Gunners to pick up another win.
Who Will Win Sunday?
Where: Emirates Stadium, London, England
When: Sunday, Jan. 13 at 11:00 a.m. ET
TV/Live Stream: Fox Soccer Channel
What They're Saying
Sunday's matchup has significant implications in the battle for the Premier League title. Manchester City trails Manchester United by seven points for the top spot, and Arsenal sits four points behind Chelsea for the final Champions League qualification spot.
Arsenal has lacked consistency this year, but could take advantage of a Manchester City squad that will be missing several key starters.
Both Yaya and Kolo Toure are playing in the Africa Cup of Nations, leaving behind a sizable hole in the Sky Blues' midfield, Soccerway.com reports.
The loss of Yaya Toure is immense as he has become the heart of City's midfield and with Mario Balotelli creating more controversial headlines through a bust-up with manager Roberto Mancini, the attacking threat is going to be left to Carlos Tevez, David Silva and Edin Dzeko.
Most Important Player for Manchester City: Carlos Tevez
With Sergio Aguero out with a torn hamstring, Argentinian forward Carlos Tevez is the key cog for the Sky Blues.
The 28-year-old ranks second on the team with seven goals, and is tied for first with five assists in Premier League play.
A strong, fiery competitor, Tevez must continue his string of strong performances Sunday as the Sky Blues push to claim the top spot in the standings.
Most Important Player for Arsenal: Theo Walcott
After reportedly inking a new deal to stay with the Gunners (via Wayne Veysey of Goal.com), the spotlight only increases for Theo Walcott.
The Gunners' top playmaker leads the team with eight goals scored, and has also dished out six assists this season in just nine starts.
Blessed with tremendous speed and athleticism, Walcott has the ability to come into a game and make an instant scoring impact. He'll be counted on to provide an offensive spark if the Gunners hope to make a push for fourth place.
Arsenal hasn't lost a match since Dec. 4 and benefits from playing in front of a packed home crowd in London.
With Walcott leading a reborn attack, the Gunners look more than capable of taking down one of the top teams in the Premier League.
The Sky Blues will miss the Toure brothers—particularly Yaya—who could help stop the Gunners on offense. This one should be close, but the Gunners should inch one step closer to that coveted fourth-place position.
Arsenal 3, Manchester City 2