Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini admits his side's stuttering start to the season could be partly down to trying to bed in new players too quickly.

Defensive midfielder Javi Garcia played the full 90 minutes of Sunday's 1-1 draw with Arsenal while winger Scott Sinclair also made the starting line-up, although he was replaced at half-time by another summer signing, Jack Rodwell.

All three players were signed in August, while Garcia, Sinclair and defender Maicon did not arrive at the club until the final day of the transfer window. Mancini admitted: "We had new players only in the last two or three days of the market, and maybe these players don't know their team-mates well and need time."

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