Manchester City line up v Arsenal: Quality duo set to return?

first_img1 Will the return of Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany be enough for Manchester City to take all three points against Arsenal on Sunday? Manchester City will be hoping to continue their unbeaten Premier League run when they face an in-form Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.City are unbeaten in 12 Premier League games and they come into this fixture with fit again Vincent Kompany and Sergio Aguero.The Argentinian striker has 19 goals from 24 appearances in all competitions this season, making him one of the most in-form strikers in the world.With this record, combined with the fact that City are undefeated in their last five Premier League meetings with Arsenal, the Sky Blues will feel confident of picking up all three points.However, City will have to deal with Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez, who has inspired Arsenal with his goals and work-rate to nine wins in their last 12 games.City will play this game without midfielder Samir Nasri, who is out for around three weeks with a calf injury, while striker Edin Dzeko also remains a doubt.Possible Manchester City line up against Arsenal:GoalkeeperJoe Hart was certainly at fault for Everton’s goal in the 1-1 draw at Goodison Park, but is set to start ahead of Willy Caballero.The England goalkeeper has been responsible for seven clean sheets from 19 games this season, a tally he will hope to improve on if City are going to keep up with Chelsea for the Premier League title.DefenceManchester City fans will be overjoyed to see Kompany back in the starting XI for this game and he will form a strong central partnership with Eliaquim Mangala.The industrious Pablo Zabaleta looks set to continue on the right of the back four, while Aleksandar Kolarov may start on the left.With Arsenal’s defensive frailties from set pieces, Manuel Pellegrini may look for Kolarov’s set piece prowess to increase his scoring options.MidfieldWith no Yaya Toure due to the Africa Cup of Nations, Pellegrini may keep faith with the center-midfield partnership of Fernando and Fernandinho.Pellegrini will certainly be tempted to start the experienced Frank Lampard, but may decide to go with a more mobile, aggressive midfield to stop the flow of Arsenal’s passing.On the flanks, Jesus Navas looks set to continue on the right, while Pellegrini will use the work rate of James Milner on the left.Milner will be trusted to track back and support left-back Kolarov in an attempt to quell the in-form Alexis Sanchez.AttackEven with Dzeko injured and new signing Wilfied Bony away on international duty, Pellegrini would have always chosen Aguero to lead the line for this game.The Argentinian has 14 Premier League goals from 16 appearances this season and has a record of a goal every 76.9 minutes.He will be fancying his chances of continuing this incredible record against a team who have conceded 25 Premier League goals so far this season. Hoping to supply the striker is another in-form player, David Silva.The Spaniard’s recent displays have been scintillating, shown in his six Premier League goals and two assists he’s produced so far this season.last_img

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