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Arsenal seek opening league win

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Arsenal kick off this weekend’s Premier League action, desperate to kick start their season against Swansea at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsene Wenger will demand his side move past their 8-2 thrashing at the hands of Manchester United with three points against Swansea.

Andre Santos and Per Mertesacker are in line to make their debuts, but Gervinho and Alex Song remain suspended along with Carl Jenkinson.

Manchester City are looking to extend their 100% start to the season with victory this weekend at the Etihad Stadium.

But they face a confident Wigan side, who remain unbeaten this season. Roberto Martinez acknowledged the strength of City ahead of the match.

Samir Nasri will likely make his home debut despite suffering a broken finger this week, but Nigel De Jong is out injured after picking up a knock.

Bolton welcome unbeaten Manchester United to the Reebok in the late kick off, with David N’Gog and Gael Kakuta set to make their debuts.

With Danny Welbeck out injured, Javier Hernandez could return to the line up as the Red Devils look to cement their spot at the top of the table.




 

Sir Alex Ferguson is also without Rafael and Nemanja Vidic, leaving Jonny Evans, Phil Jones and Rio Ferdinand competing to start.

Liverpool face a daunting trip to Stoke on Saturday, with Tony Pulis’ side continuing their impressive evolution after a busy transfer window.

The Potters signed both Peter Crouch and Wilson Palacios from Tottenham, with the duo all set to play their first game for the club.

Kenny Dalglish has moved to dismiss speculation over Andy Carroll’s fitness, and could start the towering striker to match Stoke’s aerial ability.

Chelsea are also unbeaten this season, but face a tough clash against Steve Bruce’s Sunderland side at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

The Blues will be boosted by the return of both Petr Cech and David Luiz to strengthen their defence, while Raul Meireles could make his debut.

Tottenham travel to Wolves without a single point from their first two games against title contenders Manchester United and Manchester City.

Harry Redknapp will hand new signings Emmanuel Adebayor and Scott Parker their debuts, but will be without the influential Rafael Van der Vaart.

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