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Premier League

  • December 18, 2011
  • • 16:10
  • • Etihad Stadium, Manchester
  • Referee: P. Dowd
  • • Attendance: 47303

Premier League Preview: Manchester City v Arsenal

The Eastlands club fell to their first Premier League defeat of the season in the last round of games, when the Blues won at Stamford Bridge to end their 14-match unbeaten start



Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Zabaleta
Milner, Toure, Barry, Silva
Balotelli, Aguero

Djourou, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Vermaelen
Song, Ramsey, Arteta
Walcott, Van Persie, Gervinho

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini will not be able to call upon the services of full-back Gael Clichy as the former Arsenal player is suspended for this game. With Aleksandar Kolarov out with a groin injury, Pablo Zabaleta would be expected to fill in at left-back while fit-again Micah Richards will take the right-back slot after missing two games with a calf problem.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has no more new injuries to deal with, but his full-backs are all still out of action. This means that Thomas Vermaelen is likely to continue playing in the left-back position, while Johan Djourou should man the right-back spot.

Abou Diaby (muscle), Lukasz Fabianski (knee), Kieran Gibbs (hernia), Carl Jenkinson (back), Ryo Miyaichi, Bacary Sagna and Andre Santos (all ankle) are all sidelined with injuries.

  • Manchester City are currently on a run of 12 consecutive victories at Eastlands in the Premier League.
  • Roberto Mancini's men fell to their first defeat in the league this season when they were beaten by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the last round of games.
  • City have had trouble keeping clean sheets in recent times, having conceded one goal in each of their last four league games at home.
  • Arsenal have gone undefeated in their last eight games in the Premier League, winning seven in the process. The lone draw was a 1-1 result against Fulham at the Emirates Stadium.
  • The Gunners have kept a clean sheet in four of their last five league games against City.
  • Robin van Persie (pictured right) has managed to hit the back of the net 33 times in 32 games in the Premier League in 2011. Alan Shearer holds the record for the most number of goals scored in a calendar year, having netted 36 times in 1995.
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Available Squads
1Joe HartGoalkeeper
2Micah RichardsDefender
4Vincent KompanyDefender
5Pablo ZabaletaDefender
4Kolo ToureDefender
18Gareth BarryMidfielder
8Samir NasriMidfielder
21David SilvaStriker
42Yaya Touré Midfielder
16Sergio AgüeroStriker
45Mario BalotelliStriker
30Costel PantilimonGoalkeeper
6Joleon LescottDefender
15Stefan SavicDefender
7James MilnerMidfielder
11Adam JohnsonMidfielder
34Nigel De JongMidfielder
10Edin DzekoStriker
1Wojciech SzczesnyGoalkeeper
4Per MertesackerDefender
5Thomas VermaelenDefender
6Laurent KoscielnyDefender
5Johan DjourouDefender
8Mikel ArtetaMidfielder
16Aaron RamseyMidfielder
17Alex SongMidfielder
20Robin van PersieStriker
14Theo WalcottStriker
1Manuel AlmuniaGoalkeeper
7Tomas RosickyMidfielder
10Andrey ArshavinMidfielder
35Emmanuel FrimpongMidfielder
30Yossi BenayounMidfielder
29Marouane ChamakhStriker
Players to Watch
Vincent Kompany
Vincent Kompany
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 4
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Vincent Kompany will have to put in a strong shift on the day to ensure that his side are able to keep the Gunners at bay, since the home side have been unable to keep a clean sheet in their last four league games at home.
Robin van Persie
Robin van Persie
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 20
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Robin van Persie has been on fire throughout the course of this year, and is very close to rewriting history books as he closes in on Alan Shearer's record of 36 goals in a calendar year. There should be no lack of inspiration to hit the back of the net in this clash.
Arsenal may have done well so far, but a wounded Manchester City will want to recover from their defeat at the hands of Chelsea by securing a strong victory over Arsene Wenger's men.

While the visitors are no mugs with the ball, it appears unlikely that the Eastlands club would lose two consecutive games in the Premier League. And home advantage should ensure that three points are the order of the day for City.
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