Match to be played on Saturday 13th September 2014 at 12:45. Venue: Emirates Stadium, London.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini will be demanding a big reaction from his team when they travel to Arsenal this weekend.
The champions come off the back of a disappointing result at home against Stoke City, but they have a side which could dominate this game and secure an important three points.
We’ve named City’s potential starting side for the game.
GK – Joe Hart
England’s number one and City’s best goalkeeper. He retains his place.
RB – Bacary Sagna
A great chance for him to express himself with a good performance against his old club with Pablo Zabaleta nursing a knock.
CB – Vincent Kompany
The good news for Manchester City is that Kompany’s scans during the international break confirmed he didn’t have a serious problem. He starts if he’s anything close to being match fit.
CB – Martin Demichelis
The Argentine was criticised for his performance in games like this last season, but he’s another experienced option to have in the back four.
LB – Aleksandar Kolarov
A safe option at left-back and Pellegrini will recognise that he had a good international break and will be confident.
RM – Samir Nasri
Another ex-Gunner and another big threat to Arsenal. Nasri can control possession whether he’s out wide or whether he’s drifted in centrally.
CM – Yaya Toure
Toure’s ability as a box-to-box midfielder is obvious. He can win this game for City single handed if Arsenal don’t keep on top of him.
CM – Fernandinho
Fernandinho can come into the team if Fernando hasn’t recovered from the groin problem, which forced him off in the first-half against Stoke.
LM – David Silva
Arguably the best player in the Premier League when it comes to controlling possession. He’ll be crucial in this game and could make the difference with a single pass.
ST – Sergio Aguero
Aguero has been training with City after the international break and should be fine for this game. He’ll be all over Arsenal’s defence like a rash.
ST – Edin Dzeko
Dzeko will provide Arsenal with a different type of threat. He can get stuck in physically but doesn’t sacrifice possession play and pressure through physicality.