Arsenal v Manchester City: League Cup preview

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Arsenal v Manchester City
Carling Cup quarter-final;
Emirates Stadium;
Tues, 29th Nov; 20:00 KO

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Arsene Wenger has named an experimental 18-man squad for the visit of the Barclays Premier League leaders, with Oguzhan Ozyakup, Nico Yennaris and Emmanuel Frimpong all included.

Abou Diaby is not involved after picking up a muscular injury in the draw with Fulham, whilst Robin Van Persie has been rested for the tie.

Roberto Mancini will be without Mario Balotelli and Gareth Barry through suspension, with Owen Hargreaves tipped to replace the central midfielder at the Emirates.

Kolo Toure and Stefan Savic are also in contention to start, whilst Samir Nasri could make his first return to face his old club if selected. Gael Clichy could do the same, but isn't expected to be involved.

Arsenal aim to out-gun City

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is hoping his side can match the powers of Manchester City on the pitch, even if they can't compete with Roberto Mancini's side off it.

The Gunners will go into tonight's clash against the big-spending Citizens as underdogs, but their French manager continues to keep the faith despite a summer of discontent in north London.

“Financially it is impossible to compete with them – on the football pitch it is possible,” he said ahead of tonight's quarter-final.

The loss of Samir Nasri to the Etihad Stadium outfit was a bitter pill to swallow for Wenger in the transfer window, and a sign of the potential times ahead given the money at City's disposal.

But Wenger bares no grudge towards Nasri, and hopes his compatriot receives a good reception should he make a reappearance at the Emirates tonight.

“Samir improved tremendously while he was with us. I hope Samir gets a good reception. He has developed fantastically well from a non-scoring player to a guy who could make a decision," added Wenger.

"When we didn't reach an agreement over a new contract I prepared myself. I knew in May that could happen.”

Mancini, meanwhile, is unhappy with the fixture pile-up that has seen his side face matches against Liverpool and now the Gunners in just over 48 hours.

“Arsenal played on Saturday and we play Sunday evening. Monday we travel to London and we play Tuesday night. Incredible."

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