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  • November 29, 2011
  • • 20:00
  • • Emirates Stadium, London
  • Referee: L. Probert
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League Cup Preview: Arsenal v Manchester City

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


PROBABLE LINEUPS

ARSENAL

Fabianski
Djourou, Squillaci, Miquel, Yennaris
Coquelin, Benayoun, Rosicky
Oxlade-Chamberlain, Park, Arshavin

MANCHESTER CITY

Pantilimon
Zabaleta, Kolo Toure, Savic, Kolarov
De Jong, Razak, Yaya Toure
Johnson, Dzeko, Nasri

Both managers will have tough choices to make after disappointing results at the weekend. Though City can claim to have picked up a difficult point away at Anfield, it is still a case of two dropped points, whereas Arsenal know that is the case with their home draw against Fulham.

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.

DID YOU KNOW?
  • Manchester City have 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 were beaten by a late Obafemi Martins strike for Birmingham to take a 2-1 victory.
  • Arsenal have been runners up in the competition on five occasions, whereas City have been beaten in the final once.

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Available Squads
21Lukasz FabianskiGoalkeeper
18Sébastien SquillaciDefender
5Johan DjourouDefender
48MiquelDefender
6Laurent KoscielnyDefender
35Emmanuel FrimpongMidfielder
30Yossi BenayounMidfielder
35Francis CoquelinMidfielder
10Chu-Young ParkStriker
15Alex Oxlade-ChamberlainStriker
29Marouane ChamakhStriker
25Vito MannoneGoalkeeper
23Thomas VermaelenDefender
58Nicholas YennarisMidfielder
40Craig EastmondDefender
10Andrey ArshavinMidfielder
15Oğuzhan ÖzyakupMidfielder
27GervinhoStriker
30Costel PantilimonGoalkeeper
5Pablo ZabaletaDefender
13Aleksandar KolarovDefender
15Stefan SavicDefender
15Nedum OnuohaDefender
4Kolo ToureDefender
11Adam JohnsonMidfielder
8Samir NasriMidfielder
20Owen HargreavesMidfielder
34Nigel De JongMidfielder
10Edin DzekoStriker
12Stuart TaylorGoalkeeper
3Wayne BridgeDefender
44Karim RekikDefender
2Micah RichardsDefender
44Denis SuárezMidfielder
62Abdul RazakMidfielder
16Sergio AgüeroStriker
Players to Watch
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 15
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The young summer signing has been on fine form this season, scoring a hat-trick for the England Under-21s last month and is a player you can bank on Wenger fielding in the League Cup to gain some valuable first-team experience against what should be a fairly strong Manchester City side.
Adam Johnson
Adam Johnson
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 11
Games Goals YC RC
1 1 0 0
The exciting winger has become almost a peripheral part of the team that has cruised to a five-point lead at the top of the Premier League table. If he is called upon you can bet he will be out to impress and show what he can really do, cutting in from wide on the right to shoot or set up a team-mate.
Prediction
This game will be Manchester City's for the taking. That's not to say that Arsenal will be humiliated, but City will edge it.

With the quality City have in depth, they can field a second string team that would quite easily stay in the Premier League. Arsenal, however will mostly be fielding young players.

While those players do not tend to show any fear, they are likely to get found out against players of the calibre of Johnson or midfielders such as Nigel de Jong.
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