Arsenal under pressure and City without Mancini against Reading!

14/05/2013 no comments »
Arsenal under pressure and City without Mancini against Reading!

The Premier League enters the last week of the season and Arsenal is under pressure to secure crucial 3 points against Wigan. Reading will host Manchester City on Tuesday, May 14th.

Arsenal vs Wigan on Tuesday, May 14th at 19:45

Due to results at the weekend it could be said that this game has turned into one of the biggest of the season so far. Arsenal go into the match sitting in 5th position, just 2 points behind Tottenham who currently occupy the last Champions League spot. The Gunners are currently joint top of the Premier League form charts having gone undefeated in their last 6 matches, winning 4. As the battle for 4th position draws to a climax, Arsenal will need top goal scorers Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla to add their goal tallies for the season. Walcott has contributed 13 goals making him the clubs top scorer this season, while Cazorla has scored 12 as well as providing 7 assists. For Wigan the task is clear. They have to win or they will be relegated to the Championship. Having won the FA Cup in dramatic circumstances on Saturday, confidence will be high in the Wigan camp, as it will need to be in order to overcome the challenge of Arsenal. The Latics go into the game knowing that they need to win both of their remaining games in order to ensure Premier League survival. In order to do this Wigan will need their front three to keep up their impressive form. Arouna Kone has scored 11 goals in his debut season in England and has been helped hugely by the consistent form of Shaun Maloney, who has provided 8 assists this campaign. The third member of Wigan’s front three is youngster Callum Mcmanaman. Having burst onto the scene in Wigan’s successful FA Cup run, the young scouser topped it off with a man of the match performance in the FA Cup final.

Reading vs Manchester City on Tuesday, May 14th at 20:00

Already relegated Reading go into the game on the back of a 4-2 victory over Fulham. Despite an impressive display, that win is Reading’s only victory in their last 6 games. The Royals will be looking forward to the start of the new campaign under new manager Nigel Adkins and will hope to mount an impressive promotion challenge when back in the Championship. Top scorer Adam Le Fondre will be looking to add to his own personal tally of 11 goals before the season comes to a close. Manchester City will be looking to bounce back from a shock FA Cup final defeat to Wigan Athletic. Having already missed out on retaining their Premier League title, a City win will ensure that the club finish in second position behind Champion’s Manchester United. Much of the focus will be on the future of Roberto Mancini. The Man City manger was sacked on Monday evening after over 3 years.

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