Arsenal: 3 Players Most Likely to Score vs. Manchester City

Dan Talintyre@@dantalintyreSenior Analyst IIApril 8, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 31:  Theo Walcott of Arsenal celebrates scoring his side's equalising goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Queens Park Rangers and Arsenal at Loftus Road on March 31, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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There has not been a Premier League match all year with the significance that this match has.

For Arsenal, three points would take them up to third position on the table and give them an excellent chance at locking up a Champions League position.

For Manchester City, three points would keep them in the hunt for the title; anything else would almost guarantee that it goes to crosstown rivals Manchester United.

As I said, this one has some serious ramifications to it.

If Arsenal are to find the back of the net—which, funnily, enough they'll need to do to win—here are the three most likely players to end up the hero for Gunners.

1. Robin van Persie

Predicting Van Persie to score might not seem so tough, and to be honest with you, it's not. But it is accurate, as the Dutchman looks set to add to his 26-goal total for the season against the Citizens.

At the Emirates, Van Persie is averaging a goal per game this season, and with the Gunners attack improving well around him, he should have the support available to assist him in finding the back of the net.

He knows that Arsene Wenger has been campaigning for him to win the PFA Player of the Year award, and he won't disappoint his manager by scoring for Arsenal in this one—becoming only the fourth player to score against 17 different teams in a single season.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 03:  Robin van Persie of Arsenal celebrates scoring the equalising goal with teaammate Theo Walcott (R) during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on March 3, 2012 in Liverpool, England.  (
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2. Alex Song

Leading the club in assists this season, Song's significance to the Gunners midfield and attack is growing by the week. And despite being a holding midfielder who loves to knock the ball around, Song could exert his influence on this match with a huge goal.

With only the single goal to his name all season, Song would be a huge shock to see on the scorers sheet. But with the dominance he could have over the Citizens midfield, a goal is not at all out of the equation.

3. Theo Walcott

After scoring four goals in his last six matches, and three in his last three at home, Walcott is certainly in fine form for the Gunners and could well find himself on the score sheet in this one. Whilst Van Persie's dominance has dropped off, Walcott has done the exact opposite, giving Arsenal a beautiful complement of strikers for this match.

Arsenal have been dominant from through balls and fast-break situations throughout the year, and if they find themselves in a similar position in this one, Walcott may find himself with an easy finishing chance.

The Gunners have also attacked more down the right side than the middle or the left this season, again helping Walcott's chance to find the back of the net.

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 26:  Theo Walcott (C) of Arsenal celebrates his second goal with team mates during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on February 26, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by C
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Overall

Again, as far as significance goes, there's been nothing like this one this season. City haven't inspired any confidence as of late, and at the Emirates, Arsenal should be too strong for the Citizens.

City know that their Champions League aspirations are on the line, and will show their best form in this title-deciding match.

A quiet first half will be contrasted with a back and forth second period, which will see the Gunners find the back of the net twice and record a 2-0 victory at home for the first time all season.

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