Arsenal and Man City’s main men face-off

Probable Lineups…

Arsenal Manchester CityManchester City (4-4-1-1): Hart, Zabaleta, Demichelis, Kompany, Clichy, Navas, Fernandinho, Fernando, Nasri, Silva, Aguero

Manchester City were unable to keep up with league leaders Chelsea last week, drawing 1-1 with Everton at Goodison Park. Now once again trailing the Blues, they will need to be at their best when Arsenal visit the Etihad this Sunday. They will, however, be boosted by the return of Argentina superstar Sergio Aguero, who managed to play 24 minutes against the Toffees and will be expected to start against the Gunners. James Milner is likely the player to be dropped, with David Silva playing ‘in the hole’ flanked by Jesus Navas and Samir Nasri. Yaya Toure is still absent, representing Ivory Coast in the African Nations Cup.

Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Szczesny, Bellerin, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal, Rosicky, Coquelin, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Sanchez, Giroud

Arsenal put in a brilliant display last weekend against Stoke City, with Alexis Sanchez the star of the show scoring a brace and assisting another in a 3-0 win. The victory puts them one point behind fourth-place Manchester United, but even a point will be difficult against Manchester City at the Etihad. Manager Arsene Wenger does not have the best record when facing a top-four squad, but will be optimistic of getting a result after drawing the reigning champions 2-2 earlier in the season. The Gunners will, however, be without Mathieu Debuchy, who dislocated his shoulder and required an operation that will keep him sidelined for three months.

What the fans are saying…

Remember this?

At the beginning of the season Arsenal totally outplayed Manchester City in the FA Community Shield. Can they repeat a similar display at the Etihad this weekend?