Manchester City will be aiming to hit back from their shock defeat to Stoke City by beating an Arsenal side that has failed to win its last two league matches, but triumphed 3-0 when they met in the Community Shield in August.
The hosts only finished nine points behind champions City last season, but results against their title rivals often proved their undoing, so they will have plenty to prove here as they look to ensure that those problems no longer exist.
This is a game Arsenal could do without losing, having dropped points at Everton and at Leicester City, where they were unable to press home their advantage despite having plenty of shots on target. They have responded to Olivier Giroud’s injury by signing Danny Welbeck, and the 23-year-old will be full of confidence going into his debut after scoring a brace for England on Monday.
Plenty of doubts have been raised about Man City since they slipped up at home to the Potters, which was only their third home defeat in the Premier League since December. Manuel Pellegrini will not be panicking, but he may find himself a little concerned should his side lose here, as they could end up six points off the top.
Stoke were able to keep players such as David Silva and Yaya Toure very quiet, so City will be keen to return to form in this game, which is the first of three massive tests, with Bayern Munich in the Champions League coming up before a home clash with Chelsea.
Aaron Ramsey should be fit for Arsenal despite picking up an injury in Andorra on Tuesday. Mikel Arteta and Kieran Gibbs should both return, while Laurent Koscielny and Mesut Ozil, who were both forced off at Leicester, should play.
The visitors have doubts over Stevan Jovetic and Fernando, but Eliaquim Mangala could make his Premier League debut.
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