Man City perspective: Ric Turner, Blue Moon MCFC.
Samir Nasri has been ruled out for a month following a hamstring injury picked up at the Bernabeu, joining Micah Richards on the sidelines. Matija Nastasic will hope to keep his place alongside Vincent Kompany in the centre of defence after an impressive debut, but Mancini may opt for the experience of Joleon Lescott. I would expect to see some rotation after our midweek exertions, but Mario Balotelli may find himself out of favour again amidst rumours of yet another falling out with the manager.
We have a made a relatively slow start to the season, although the early fixtures have included tough away trips to Anfield and the Britannia Stadium. We remain undefeated in the league, and there were a number of positives to take out of Tuesday's last minute defeat against Real Madrid. The main concern at present is the alarming regularity with which we are conceding goals; we haven't managed a clean sheet all season, and have conceded 9 goals in 5 games. The contrast with last season, when we kept 17 clean sheets in the league, is marked.
Our recent record against Arsenal is mixed; last season we won 1-0 in Manchester and lost 1-0 in the reverse fixture. I suspect we're almost as loathed as Tottenham by Arsenal fans since the takeover, with the likes of Toure, Adebayor and Nasri swapping North London for Manchester. There was certainly no love lost during the infamous 4-2 victory in 2009, which saw Emmanuel Adebayor sprint the length of the pitch to celebrate in front of the livid Gooners.
City to win at 1.70. Our formidable home form over the last few seasons means this is usually a good bet.
Both teams to score at 1.62. Our current defensive frailties suggest both teams will fancy their chances in attack.
Yaya Toure to score at 2.85. The Ivorian could play further forward in Nasri's absence.
Man City 2-1 Arsenal (8.25)
Arsenal perspective: James McNicholas, Gunnerblog.
Jack Wilshere and Emmanuel Frimpong may be back in training but they're still a few weeks away from first-team contention. Wojciech Szczesny is still out, meaning Vito Mannone is likely to get the nod in goal.
After a slow start to the season, Arsenal have found some form, making this match a potentially enthralling top of the table clash. It's three wins on the bounce for us now, and we remain unbeaten in 2012/13.
Last season this fixture was incredibly close, with City arguably lucky to steal a 1-0 win. At the Emirates, though, Mikel Arteta's late strike seemed to have cost Manchester City the title, only for United's collapse and Sergio Aguero's last gasp heroics on the final day to ensure things turned out rather differently.
Lukas Podolski to score first at 9.25. After three goals in three games, the lethal Lukas Podolski looks a great bet to open to the scoring.
Mikel Arteta to score from outside the box at 20.00. Back our midfield maestro to repeat last season's feat and score from outside the area.
Over 2.5 goals at 1.65. With City's defence not what it was, back the firepower on display to have a profitable afternoon.
Man City 2-1 Arsenal