Manchester City vs Arsenal preview

By Ric Turner, Fri 16 January 2015 17:01


Manchester City vs Arsenal previewNasri misses out after suffering calf injury

Manchester City vs Arsenal

Date: 4.00pm, Sunday 18th January 2015

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Referee: Mike Dean Assistants: J Collin, J Brooks Fourth Official: R East

Odds: Manchester City 5/6, Draw 3/1, Arsenal 7/2

Tickets: Sold out

TV: Sky Sports 1

Manchester City

Manager: Manuel Pellegrini

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

Injured: Nasri

Doubtful: Dzeko

Suspended: None

Form guide: DWDWWW

Arsenal

Manager: Arsene Wenger

Squad (from): Martinez, Ospina, Szczesny, Chambers, Gibbs, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal, Cazorla, Coquelin, Flamini, Gnabry, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Ramsey, Rosicky, Alexis, Campbell, Giroud, Sanogo, Walcott.

Injured: Arteta, Debuchy, Diaby, Welbeck, Wilshere

Doubtful: Gibbs

Suspended: None

Form guide: WLWWDW

Samir Nasri has been ruled out of Sunday's game against his former club with a calf injury, and manager Manuel Pellegrini expects him to be sidelined for up to four weeks.

"We have some problems during the week with Samir Nasri. He has a calf injury so he will not be fit for the next game", said Pellegrini.

He added that Vincent Kompany and Sergio Aguero have returned to full fitness, and that Edin Dzeko is a doubt for the game. Yaya Toure and new signing Wilfried Bony are unavailable for selection due to the African Cup of Nations.

City's last home game against Arsenal ended in 6-3 thriller, with Sergio Aguero, Alvaro Negredo, Fernandinho (2), David Silva and Yaya Toure getting the goals. Overall City have won 36 of the 155 games played against Arsenal, with 38 draws and 81 defeats.

Prediction: Manchester City 2 Arsenal 2

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