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Team News: Man City vs Arsenal

As we enter a very busy festive period our Christmas kicks of with a real crack, away to Manchester City.

After a horrible start to the season we`ve really picked up the pace with 7 wins in our last 8 games, but today will probably be one of the biggest tests of the season, indeed our performance will tell us how far we`ve really come.

City will start the game without a recognised left back due to injury and suspension. However we`re in the same position, however we can call upon the much experienced Thomas Vermaelen to fill the void.

Here`s the teams.

Man City
• 25 Hart
• 02 Richards
• 04 Kompany
• 05 Zabaleta
• 28 K Toure
• 18 Barry
• 19 Nasri
• 21 Silva
• 42 Y Toure
• 16 Aguero
• 45 Balotelli

• 30 Pantilimon
• 06 Lescott
• 15 Savic
• 07 Milner
• 11 Johnson
• 34 De Jong
• 10 Dzeko

• 13 Szczesny
• 04 Mertesacker
• 05 Vermaelen
• 06 Koscielny
• 20 Djourou
• 08 Arteta
• 14 Walcott
• 16 Ramsey
• 17 Song
• 10 Van Persie
• 27 Gervinho

• 01 Almunia
• 49 Miquel
• 07 Rosicky
• 23 Arshavin
• 26 Frimpong
• 30 Benayoun
• 29 Chamakh

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Date:Sunday December 18 2011
Time: 3:59PM


A really big one with two Arsenal old boys in the mix. Patience will be the key; no need to go gung ho with this City side rather a use of our speed at the flanks when the opportunity comes is what we expect to see.
18/12/2011 16:12:00
Yaya Toure just pulls back Ramsey and Phil Dowd didn't see it as such. Joke Ref.
18/12/2011 16:45:00
It is hard going, but we are doing the intelligent things, bar Johan Djourou (so far). The man doesn't seem to recall he is a full back. Nasri getting too much room. Good, so far.
18/12/2011 16:48:00
unlucky guys i thought you did well really put up a fight you just seem to lack a bit of creativity from the middle. gervinho was the best i have seen him. again unlucky
18/12/2011 18:05:00
miguel's positioning was bad. he left vermealen alone to take on both aguero and silva and he lost richards later which almost resulted a goal.
18/12/2011 18:21:00
Joe Hart kept City from being pegged back today. I am not too sure Gervinho was at his best today. I would have expected him to go for it with two of his kinsmen on the other side. Still a lot to play for going into December.
18/12/2011 18:22:00
Proud of our team
18/12/2011 18:25:00
I was counting on the Gooners keeping at least two points from Citeh today, but seems not. As the American basketballer, Michael Richardson, once said, "Ship be sinkin." If RVP goes down, there really isn't much of a team left at Emirates, is there?
Total knobhead
18/12/2011 18:27:00
Things are so depressing for Arsenal that your Vital site has been virtually abandoned, it seems.
Total knobhead
18/12/2011 18:28:00
City won a tight game in which we can take some pride home but no points. Can't really grumble about the result. It was just about right though I don't think there would have been too many grumbles had we taken a point either. Loved the spirit Vermaelen showed and RvP. If they can keep that for the games to come then we'll do fine. We've played all the teams around us away now apart from Liverpool. We can take some comfort from that in the second half of the season. Especially if we can get some full backs back. As someone said in the commentary we've lost something with the departures of Cesc and Nasri but we've gained something to. I'm feeling that on balance we've gained more than we lost.
18/12/2011 18:30:00
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