When the last time these two clubs met in FA Community Shield, Arsenal outgunned Manchester City completely with goals from Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey and a brilliant goal to finish the things off from Oliver Giroud. Manchester City did miss some of their stars players in that match but with an exciting clash about to take place this week at Emirates, City will definitely try their best to take all three points.
The month of September doesn’t get any easier for Arsenal, who, following Manchester City’s clash, face an away fixture against Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday. This hectic September period also sees them face another home clash against their North London rivals, Spurs, right at the end of the month. Consequently, this Saturday’s clash against Man City becomes all the more important.
With Danny Welbeck possibly making his debut at Emirates replacing long-term injured striker Oliver Giroud, it won’t be any surprise if Welbeck manages to make his presence felt for his new club after an impressive performance against Switzerland earlier this week, which has really boasted Welbeck’s confidence.
The striker celebrated his deadline-day move from Manchester United by scoring both the goals in England’s 2-0 win over Switzerland on Monday.
Both sides are yet to convince the critics this campaign, though, with Arsenal having relied on late goals to stay unbeaten and the Citizens having already slipped up at home on the previous matchday.
Manchester City suffered a shocking 1-0 defeat to Stoke City just before the international break, but have not lost consecutive top-flight matches since 2010.
Heading into a week where both the clubs start their Champions league campaign, Manuel Pellegrini has serious injury concerns where his three regular players are sitting out. With Stefan Jovetic also back on injury list, Pellegrini is most likely to field Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko up front in his absense, while Fernandinho could re-join his midfield partnership with Yaya Toure after summer signing Fernando limped off against the Potters.
While there were fears over Kompany’s fitness before Belgium’s friendly match against Australia, it does look like the Belgian will be ready to lead the Champions for this all important clash.
Bacary Sagna might play against Arsenal for the first time since joining City on a free transfer in May. But with Zabaleta declared fit, Sagna might have to wait until second half if Pellegrini decides to bring him on.
Big-money buy Eliaquim Mangala has been warned that he must fight for his place in the side, and the £32m defender may again have to settle for a place on a City bench which could include Frank Lampard for the first time.
Aaron Ramsey, who was doubtful has passed his fitness test on ankle and is included in the Arsenal squad. If declared fully fit, he might be replacing Cazorla.
Wenger may stick with Mathieu Flamini in midfield rather than recall Jack Wilshere, who was benched vs Leicester City.
Yaya Sanogo is likely to be dropped to make way for Welbeck, who has been tipped by many to thrive on service from the likes of Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla and Alexis Sanchez.
Arsenal are unbeaten in 19 Premier League home games and beating the Blues will be definitely a perfect result for Wenger in order to fight for the title.
Possible starting lineups
Arsenal: Szczesny; Debuchy, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal; Arteta, Flamini; Cazorla, Ozil, Sanchez; Welbeck
Man City: Hart; Zabaleta, Demichelis, Kompany, Kolarov; Silva, Toure, Fernandinho, Nasri; Aguero, Dzeko