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Arsenal vs Manchester City: Predicted XIs

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Arsenal will attempt to bounce back from a horrific week with a positive result against title challengers Manchester City on Saturday.

Arsene Wenger's men lost 6-0 at Chelsea last weekend and looked to be about to return to winning ways against Swansea on Tuesday. However, 2-1 up in the dying minutes, Mathieu Flamini scored a calamitous own goal to gift the Swans a crucial point.

In his pre-match press conference, Wenger confirmed that there were no new injury concerns for the Gunners, but also that none of the players featuring on an extensive injury list would be coming back for Saturday's game.

Aaron Ramsey - who has been out since Boxing Day - is expected to return to full training on Monday or Tuesday next week, which could mean he is able to make his comeback against either Everton next Saturday or in the FA Cup semi-final against Wigan at Wembley the week after.

After a recent run of poor form, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Santi Cazorla may drop to the bench. Both attacking midfielders have struggled for form in the last week and Wenger may decide to start youngster Serge Gnabry and German Lukas Podolski as his two wingers.

Manchester City again have no injury concerns and are likely to stick with a similar team to the one which won so comprehensively at Old Trafford on Tuesday night. 

Alvaro Negredo will again start from the bench as his goal drought continues, while fellow striker Edin Dzeko will likely lead the line after his two derby goals.

Possible XIs:

Arsenal: Szczesny; Sagna, Vermaelen (c), Mertesacker, Gibbs; Flamini, Arteta; Gnabry, Rosicky, Podolski; Giroud.

Manchester City: Hart; Zabaleta, Demichelis, Kompany (c), Kolarov; Yaya Toure, Fernandinho; Navas, Silva, Nasri; Dzeko.

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