The Argentine forward starts following his League Cup goal against the Gunners' while Balotelli is available from the bench after serving his one-match suspension
Roberto Mancini has Mario Balotelli back from suspension, after he sat out the clash at the Emirates following his sending off in the 1-1 draw with Liverpool last Sunday, but hands a start to Edin Dzeko instead.
A number of first-team players also return following the mid-week action for City, including England due Joe Hart and Gareth Barry, whilst Samir Nasri retains his place in the starting XI
Norwich have central defenders Zak Whitbread and Daniel Ayala back from injury, but Manchester United loanee Ritchie de Laet and Elliott Ward are both out of the clash at the Etihad Stadium.
Manchester City starting XI: Hart; Richards, Kompany, K.Toure, Clichy; Y.Toure, Barry; Nasri, Silva, Aguero; Dzeko
Subs: Pantilimon, Lescott, Savic, De Jong, Milner, A. Johnson, Balotelli
Norwich City starting XI: Ruddy; Martin, Johnson, Morison, Crofts; Surman, Pilkington, Bennett, Barnett, Tierney; Naughton.
Subs: Rudd, Whitbread, Holt, Jackson, Hoolahan, Fox, Wilbraham