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Sergio Aguero will be the man Arsenal need to keep in checkReuters

Arsenal and big away game days have not been a match made in heaven of late, and Manchester City will look to add to those away blues just that little bit more when the two English Premier League bigwigs clash at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

The Gunners were thumped 6-3 in the corresponding fixture last season, with City putting on an attacking show against the always-fragile-away-from-home defence of Arsene Wenger's team.

Nothing has changed from that drubbing to suggest that Arsenal are better equipped now to stop the likes of City from picking up three points at home against them, even if those crazy scorelines have come down considerably.

"It is important that we keep calm, [play with] control and be committed as well," said Wenger.

"We have to find that right balance between going for every challenge but also not going overboard -- we have to respect the rules.

"We want to win. You have to die and you want to win. What we want is to put the maximum effort in to give ourselves the best possible chance of winning.

"Mathematically we are not in the best position [to win the league] but what we want to do is give ourselves a chance to come as close as possible and put a top-level performance in."

It's been so long since Arsenal have really put in a top performance of note away from home against the big teams that, if they go down an early goal – which they invariably seem to do – that panic sets in and that need to immediately find a reply leads to them conceding more; and just like that the match is gone.

Like Wenger said, patience and that sense of calm will be the key and of course their main man – Alexis Sanchez.

For Manchester City as well, their best player – Sergio Aguero – is back in action and it could be one of the two South Americans who decide the outcome of the match.

While Arsenal need the three points to stay right on the tails of Southampton and Manchester United for the top four places, City are under pressure as well to pick up three points after Chelsea pulled five points clear with that authoritative smashing of Swansea City on Sunday.

The champions' next opponents in the Premier League are Chelsea and they will want to be in a position to go clear at the top of the table with a win over the Blues.

"We have been training very hard for Sunday because we have a very tough game against a very tough team," Pablo Zabaleta told the club's official website.

"We know it is a crucial game for us to win and get three points because then we face Chelsea next week. We have two very important games coming up in the Premier League and hopefully we can do well in both of them."

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The match is set for a 4 pm GMT (9.30 pm IST, 11 am ET) start with live coverage in India on Star Sports 4 and Star Sports HD2 in India. The match can also be watched via live streaming online in India on

Viewers in the UK can catch the match live on Sky Sports 1, while the live streaming option is on Sky Go or Watch Sky Sports. Catch the action in the US on TV on NBC Sports, while the game can also be live streamed online on NBC Sports Extra.

Audience in the Middle East and North Africa can watch the match via live streaming online courtesy Bein Sports Connect, while South Africa and Sub Saharan Africa viewers can do so on SuperSport online. Australia viewers can watch the game on Fox Sports and live stream it Fox Sports On Demand, while viewers in Canada can do the same on TSN or TSN Go.

Confirmed lineups: Manchester City: Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Clichy; Ferandinho, Fernando; Navas, Silva, Milner; Aguero.

Arsenal: Ospina; Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Coquelin, Ramsey, Sanchez; Giroud.

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