Arsenal vs Manchester City preview

By Ric Turner, Fri 12 September 2014 16:19

Arsenal vs Manchester City previewA look ahead at tomorrow's key clash at The Emirates

Arsenal vs Manchester City

Date: 12.45pm, Saturday 13th September 2014

Venue: The Emirates Stadium, London

Referee: Mark Clattenburg Assistants: S Beck, J Collin Fourth Official: J Moss

Odds: Arsenal 15/8, Draw 5/2, Manchester City 11/8

Tickets: Sold out

TV: BT Sport 1


Manager:Arsene Wenger

Squad (from): Martinez, Ospina, Szczesny, Chambers, Debuchy, Gibbs, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal, Arteta, Cazorla, Coquelin, Diaby, Flamini, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Ramsey, Rosicky, Wilshere, Alexis, Campbell, Podolski, Sanogo, Welbeck.

Injured: Giroud, Gnabry, Walcott


Suspended: None

Form guide: DDW

Manchester City

Manager: Manuel Pellegrini

Squad (from): Caballero, Hart, Wright, Boyata, Clichy, Demichelis, Kolarov, Kompany, Mangala, Nastasic, Sagna, Zabaleta, Fernandinho, Lampard, Milner, Nasri, Navas, Silva, Sinclair, Toure, Aguero, Dzeko.

Injured: Jovetic (hamstring), Fernando (groin)

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Form guide: LWW

Midfielder Fernando and striker Stevan Jovetic have both been ruled out through injury. Fernando injured his groin against Stoke City, whilst Jovetic tweaked his hamstring whilst on international duty with Montenegro. Manager Manuel Pellegrini admitted losing the pair was a blow ahead of tough fixtures against Arsenal, Bayern Munich and Chelsea:

"[Fernando] has a problem and he could be out for two weeks - we will see but it is a blow. Stevan won't play against Arsenal but I am hoping he will be OK next week."

Eliaquim Mangala and Frank Lampared are both available, however, and Pellegrini confirmed the Blues had no further injury worries.

"The rest of the players are fine. Vincent played 90 minutes for his national squad and he was normal during the week with us so he doesn't have any problems."

City's last away league game against Arsenal ended in a 1-1 draw, with David Silva scoring for the Blues. Overall City have won just 36 of the 154 games played against Arsenal, with 37 draws and 81 defeats.

Read the views of Arsenal fan Tony Merakil from the Gunnersphere blog here.

Prediction: Arsenal 1 City 1