After first league defeat ( Chelsea 2-1) and elimination from Uefa champions league,Manchester City will look to bounce back,and Roberto Mancini’s expensively assembled squad face their first real test of the campaign.Although they still sit two points clear of rivals Manchester United at the top of the Premier League,and in their 15 matches racked 49 goals,with possible defeat and Man Utd win over QPR (video)will they lose top spot of Premier league.What make this match more interest is several Arsenal players which now play for Citizens.
The past six Premier League meetings between the two clubs at Manchester City have produced 21 goals, with three wins apiece.
City have not scored a league goal against Arsenal since a 4-2 loss at home in October 2009, when Emmanuel Adebayor scored against his old club.
Arsenal have won 10 of the 14 Premier League matches between the two clubs in Manchester.
Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta is set to switch flanks to play at left-back, taking the place of suspended Gael Clichy in the absence of the injured Aleksandar Kolarov.
Fit-again Micah Richards returns at right-back after missing the last two games with a calf problem.
Arsenal have no fresh injury worries.
Kieran Gibbs is recovering well from his hernia problem and could feature over Christmas, while Jack Wilshere is still on course for a February return.
Manchester City: Hart, Richards, Kompany, Zabaleta, Lescott, Milner, Barry, Silva, Y Toure, Aguero, Dzeko.
Arsenal: Szczesny, Mertesacker,Vermaelen, Koscielny, Djourou, Arteta, Walcott, Ramsey, Song, Van Persie, Gervinho.