Arsenal v Manchester City: Key battles

Theo Walcott will face off against Vincent Kompany in one of the key showdowns at the Emirates this Sunday. Photo: PA

Arsenal welcome Manchester City to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday looking to close the 11-point gap on the reigning Barclays Premier League champions.

Here we take a look at some of the key clashes that could decide the outcome of a highly-anticipated encounter.

THOMAS VERMAELEN v CARLOS TEVEZ

With fellow forward and compatriot Sergio Aguero missing, it is likely Argentina striker Tevez will start in attack and the former Manchester United man will be hoping to get the better of Gunners' skipper Vermaelen.

MIKEL ARTETA v GARETH BARRY

With Yaya Toure away at the African Cup of Nations, the onus will be on Barry to stop the likes of Arteta inflicting too much damage on the City defence, with the Spaniard keen to replicate his winning goal in the corresponding fixture last season.

THEO WALCOTT v VINCENT KOMPANY

With Walcott's contract negotiations still ongoing, the England international is enjoying his role as a central striker at present. However, he will face a stern test in the shape of City captain Kompany if he is to continue his recent run of goalscoring form.