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Arsenal go into a vital away game at Manchester City tomorrow knowing that a win will see them return to the top of the league, even if it is only for a couple of hours. If nothing else, it applies pressure to United, who travel to face Tottenham at White Hart Lane laterin the day.

It'll a battle of tacticians, a clash of minds, a war of witts. Arsene Wenger is one of the greatest minds in football, there's no doubt about that. But I think that Sven is greatly under-estimated as a manager in this country. He never failed to qualify England for a tournament, and took a team of egos to three quater-final's. As oppose to McClaren, who took England nowhere.

He's worked miracles at City, taking them to 6th in the league where they're just 2 points off 4th placed Everton. A team that did little to nothing in anything of note, is now in a European place in the league, and playing some good football. Of course, it's not just because of Sven, it's down to the millions he's been given to spend, but money doesn't gaurentee anything.

That said, Citeh's form has been poor of late. They've won only one of their last six league games, a 2-0 win over Newcastle, and that's hardley outstanding considering their recent form. Last six (league): P6 W1 D 4 L1.

Arsenal's form has been pretty good. They've won their last three games 3-0 and have won four of their last six.
Last six (league): P6 W4 D2 L0.

Despite their poor form, Citeh will give it their all and play the attacking football that Sven believes in.

I don't need to tell you that Arsene Wenger's team will play attacking football. If I do need to tell you, please stop reading. Now.

Vital Quotes:

Sven spoke about his side's 1-1 draw with Derby in the week, and his hopes of grabbing that all-important fourth Champions League spot: 'There are 14 games remaining so we still have a chance to come fourth, hopefully.

'I think it
[Wednesday's 1-1 draw at Derby] was a missed opportunity but I can't blame the players for that.

'You play good, you try to play good, you have the right spirit, you create chances and you don't let Derby create too many chances, I'm happy with that.'

Arsene Wenger wants his team to show consistency in the league, obviously...: 'The only thing you want is for your team to respond because it's a race where the consistency will be rewarded - and the strength of character.

'I just want to look at how well we can respond in every game because I know that kind of consistency and stamina in performances will be determinant.

'We're up for it [the City game] and we are on a good run in the Premier League and we want to keep that going.'

Manchester City Team News:

Felipe Caicedo will not get his City debut tomorrow, he's not expected to join his new team untill next week.

Elano should return to the starting line-up after starting on the bench on Wednesday. Micah Richards will also retun from a knee injury.

Daniel Sturridge and Darius Vassell should start up front again after partnering one another agaisnt Derby.

Player to watch: Elano

One of the finest midfielders in the Premiership this season in my opinion. He's scored some outstanding goals and has an eye for a pass. He is to City what Fabregas is to Arsenal.

Arsenal Team News:

Arsenal's injury list is growing at a time when we really could do without it. Toure, Eboure and Song are all still away on international duty.

Almunia has a problem with his thumb, so Jens Lehmann looks set to continue in goal after keeping a clean sheet against Newcastle.

Player to watch: Flamini

The lad is on fire. There's not much more to say. He fights for everything. His performnce against Newcastle was out of this world. He scored one, set one up and stopped one at the other end. He'll be key to keeping Elano quiet.

Match Prediction:

You'll not believe this...I'm predicting a win! 2-1 Arsenal. Adebayor and Eduardo to get the goals that matter.

Writer:Nick Simmonett
Date:Friday February 1 2008
Time: 10:55PM

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I agree that it will be an arsenal win but I don't think City will score, don't think their front two are tat good at all. Lot will depend on our midfield and if Hlep and Fab are on song we should win and win well as City as not been playing that well recently and with the Arsenal team improving after the slump you'll want to be at your best too stop them.
01/02/2008 23:20:00
Now that Simmo has predicted we will win, we are actually gonna lose now. Guarenteed!
01/02/2008 23:24:00
3-0 to the arsenal yet again with ade,edurdo and fabregas with the goals
the arsenal
01/02/2008 23:33:00
after simmo's prediction, i'm worried now
01/02/2008 23:53:00
am worried after simmo's prediction too but we will win the game,just hoppin the mancs draw!3points is all i need and care for fingers crossed
the arsenal
02/02/2008 00:15:00
I was thinking 2-0 or even 3-0, but then I saw Simmo's 2-1 win prediction... worried now... LOL
Lou the Gunneress
02/02/2008 00:19:00
Off topic, just saw on that Gattuso - the original one in Milan, not ours - got injured and will be out for 3-4 weeks so he's not expected to play in the 1st leg at the Emirates. (Woohoo!)
Lou the Gunneress
02/02/2008 00:24:00
looks like Almunia is out tomorrow with a dicky thumb, If we can nullify Petrov and get Mattuso to do his terrier thing on Elano then we can do 'em, no Gattuso in the 1st leg is a pretty hefty plus for The Arsenal.
02/02/2008 00:31:00
Yeah Niko, at the moment Petrov is more of a threat than Elano who's having a little bit of a dip in form. But yeah I agree with you that our Mattuso should be able to contain them. Without Corluka, with Richards just back from injury and with Ade/Edu in a working partnership, I think we should be able to win. Some Man City fans, players and Sven seem to have a soft spot for the Arsenal. They for sure also want us to grab the title from ManU this year. I hope they'll 'chip in' to our title challenge heheee!
Lou the Gunneress
02/02/2008 00:41:00
i think this wil be an entertaining game, won i hope we win nicely.. then for once a year i will be hoping little tottenham do us a favour.. kinda like a double edge sword, you want spurs to win and gain us 3 pts, then again you will laugh if they get spanked at home big time ! aslong as we win tomorrow i suppose the rest will be happy either way, maybe the draw ! spurs 3-0 up, united score 3 late goals and get a draw !
02/02/2008 00:46:00
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