Arsenal v Manchester City: Match Preview

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Arsenal v Manchester City
The Emirates Stadium
Premier League
Sunday, April 8: 16:00

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Arsenal have no new injury problems to contend with when they host Manchester City.

Jack Wilshere, Abou Diaby and Francis Cocquelin are long-term injury concerns.

City will recall Sergio Aguero and Joleon Lescott from injury, while Samir Nasri returns to his former club for the first time in the Premier League.

Mancini admits future concern

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini fears for his future at the Etihad Stadium if his side don’t win the Premier League title.

City trail leaders Manchester United by five points going into this weekend, with a tough looking trip to Arsenal preceded by United hosting Queens Park Rangers.

Talk has already begun regarding Mancini’s future if his side end up trophy less this season, and the Italian is pragmatic over his job prospects.

“I'm sure that this club has arrived at the top. With two or three more players after this year, this club will start to win, and when it starts to win it will win two or three titles every year. Now it has arrived,” he said

"I've been in this world for a long time and I know you can lose this job. But it's important to me that the squad have improved a lot over the last two years. We are progressing.

“I don't decide this [my future]. I do the best for my job and after I don't decide this situation."

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes if the title does go to Old Trafford that United’s ability to grind out wins late on in games.

"Manchester United is surprisingly there in a comfortable position. No one expected them to be. They didn't look absolutely irresistible this year and you could see that again on Monday night against Blackburn. But they managed to win the game.

"I believe that if United win the title this year it is really down to experience. What I mean by that is that even the other night at Blackburn, when Ryan Giggs came on in the last 15 minutes, you thought.

'”They can only win it now', because they know how to deal with the money-time. That means the last 15 minutes in football when it is 0-0. You can't make a mistake. They have that security at the back. They have won so many titles because they are not nervous."

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