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ARSENAL VS MAN CITY

Published:Friday | December 18, 2015 | 12:00 AM

ARSENAL (4-2-3-1)

CECH,

BELLERIN, MERTESACKER, KOSCIELNY, MONREAL,

FLAMINI, RAMSEY,

CAMPBELL, OZIL, WALCOTT,

GIROUD

AGUERO,

STERLING, SILVA, NAVAS,

TOURE, FERNANDINHO,

CLICHY, KOMPANY, OTAMENDI, SAGNA,

HART

MAN CITY (4-2-3-1)

This is the first clash of the season that may give a pointer to the potential winners of the Barclays Premier League. Arsenal are second, two points behind leaders Leicester City, while Manchester City are a point behind, in third place.

Having won 2-0 at Aston Villa, Arsenal return to the Emirates where they have scored just 11 goals, but they have conceded only five there.

Manchester City have three wins from their last seven games in the Premier League and they were fortunate to beat Swansea City at the Etihad Stadium.

Arsenal will hope that Olivier Giroud can maintain his impressive run of goals. The Frenchman became the seventh Arsenal player to score 50 Premier League goals with the first in the 2-0 win over Villa last Sunday. Giroud scored his 50th goal in his 113th game.

City have not got a great Premier League record at Arsenal. In 18 visits they have won just once, in April 2012, while drawing six, including four of the last six.