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  • 14 January 2013
  • • 03:00
  • • Emirates Stadium, London
  • Referee: M. Dean
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Arsenal - Manchester City Preview: Mancini's men aim to stay on United's trail

Arsenal - Manchester City Preview: Mancini's men aim to stay on United's trail

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The visitors need all three points to stay in the title race while the Gunners will hope for a home win to keep alive their hopes of Champions League qualification

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

ARSENAL
  Arsenal FC
Szczesny
Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs
Arteta, Wilshere
Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Podolski
Walcott

MANCHESTER CITY

  Manchester City
Hart
Zabaleta, Nastasic, Kompany, Clichy
Garcia, Barry
Silva, Tevez, Milner
Dzeko


Olivier Giroud (knee) faces a late fitness test ahead of the match after picking up a knock against Swansea last time out, while Abou Diaby came through an hour for the reserves unscathed but is unlikely to be risked against Manchester City.

Lukas Fabianski (ankle) is two to three weeks away from resuming full training.

Roberto Mancini takes his side to the Emirates Stadium with a number of key players missing. Yaya Toure and Kolo Toure have both joined up with the Ivory Coast national squad ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations.

Sergio Aguero (hamstring) has been ruled out while former Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri is still serving a suspension after his red card against Norwich.

Aleksander Kolarov (groin), Maicon (knee), Micah Richards (knee) and Jack Rodwell (hamstring) are all long-term absentees.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Arsenal have missed their last three penalties taken against Manchester City.
  • Theo Walcott (pictured) is statistically the Gunners' most productive player so far this season with 15 goals and 6 assists in all competitions.
  • The last player to score in the Premier League for Manchester City at Arsenal was Demarcus Beasley, way back in the 2006-07 season.
  • There have been four dismissals in the last five Premier League meetings between to the two sides, with Mario Balotelli seeing red in City's last visit to the Emirates.
  • Manchester City have allowed the opposition just 56 shots on target against them this season, the fewest in the Premier League.
  • Despite the attacking talent on display, there have been just five goals in the last six meetings in all competitions between Arsenal and City at the Emirates Stadium.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Arsenal

Manchester City

Wins
2
2
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Arsenal FC ARS
Arsenal FC Arsenal
Draw
Manchester City FC MNC
Manchester City FC Manchester City
62%
29%

Top 3 Predictions

Arsenal FC ARS
2 - 1
Manchester City FC MNC
Arsenal FC ARS
3 - 1
Manchester City FC MNC
Arsenal FC ARS
2 - 0
Manchester City FC MNC

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