The Gunners came up short against Fulham while City held out against Liverpool, but both bosses will be looking to youth with important fixtures coming up in other competitions
Djourou, Squillaci, Miquel, Yennaris
Coquelin, Benayoun, Rosicky
Oxlade-Chamberlain, Park, Arshavin
Zabaleta, Kolo Toure, Savic, Kolarov
De Jong, Razak, Yaya Toure
Johnson, Dzeko, Nasri
Arsene Wenger is likely to revert to his normal policy where the League Cup is concerned and select the cream of the academy crop, with players such as Francis Coquelin and Ignasi Miquel likely to feature.
For Roberto Mancini, it will probably be a more straightforward task of rotation to ensure all of his players are ready for if and when they are needed in the title run, though there may be a few more familiar faces than in the hosts' squad.
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- Manchester City has taken an average of 2.66 points per game against opponents in the top half of the Premier League table compared to Arsenal's 1.16.
- Both sides have won the competition twice, with Manchester City's two wins coming in 1970 and 1976 and Arsenal's triumphs in 1987 and 1993.
- The closest either side has come to winning since then was in last year's final where Arsenal was beaten by a late Obafemi Martins strike for Birmingham to take a 2-1 victory.
- Arsenal has been runners up in the competition on five occasions, whereas City has been beaten in the final once.