CONFIRMED: Arsenal and Manchester City line-ups

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Here is how Arsenal and Manchester City will line up for this afternoon’s Premier League match:

Arsenal starting XI: Szczesny, Debuchy, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Flamini, Ramsey, Wilshere, Alexis, Ozil, Welbeck

Subs: Ospina, Chambers, Gibbs, Arteta, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Podolski

Manchester City starting XI: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Clichy, Fernandinho, Lampard, Navas, Silva, Milner, Aguero

Subs: Caballero, Kolarov, Sagna, Mangala, Nasri, Sinclair, Dzeko

Premier League football returns with a bang this weekend, with Arsenal hosting Manchester City in arguably the first huge match of the new campaign.

The Gunners have new signing Danny Welbeck in their ranks following his deadline day move from Manchester United, and with Olivier Giroud out injured his presence could be vital as Arsene Wenger’s side attempt to overcome the reigning champions.

City are without the injured Fernando and Stevan Jovetic but Manuel Pellegrini can call on the summer arrivals Frank Lampard and Eliaquim Mangala.

Arsenal will be hoping to maintain a fine record against today’s opponents, who they have beaten 52 times in 86 home league games. That said, today’s hosts have won just one of their last five such meetings with City.

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