Saturday, 12 September 2009

Manchester City Vs Arsenal: Preview

Quick preview of today's game:

Today's game will be the hardest test to date this season, with city recording all their wins with the lower achieving sides of the league! Disappointing news coming from the international break, Tevez and robinho both unavailable through injury although robbie might make the bench! Having read reports from training this week, it appears Hughes will pick a midfield trio of De Jong, Ireland and Barry supporting the wings with Bellamy and SWP and of course fronted by ex Arsenal Adebayor! Not ideal, being without our strongest line up for the biggest task of the season so far, but we should still present a quality side!

The defence with be under most scrutiny today being the weakest link in the side so far this season, despite not conceding! Given has been impressive this season and will hope to have a little more support from a more settled and skilled back line! We have to expect big performance from Lescott today along side Toure as we cant afford to have any defensive slip up against quality team like Arsenal!

Two ex gooners will have something to prove today after being sold by Wenger! The much maligned Adebayor left Arsenal( despite a fantastic scoring record) the fans got on his back and he felt it time to leave! He's scored a goal a game so far this season and will hopefully continue today. Toure spent around 7 years at Arsenal and moved to City for a fresh start. He has been most impressive this season and we need him to establish a strong partnership with lescott very quickly! With both players having something to prove, it goes for arsenal as well. Wenger will want to justify his decision to sell two top class players and not replace them.

The game should be entertaining at least! City like to press forward and attack at home, I am happier with De Jong and Barry sitting back as it allows Ireland to play his best game! Ireland will gave to be on top form today to combat Fabregas who unfortunately returns to the Arsenal side! I can't really judge today's game, but it certainly will be difficult for us. A draw would represent a decent result at this stage of the season! But we could quite easily lose this if we are not sharp!

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