Manchester City v Arsenal - Match Facts

Manchester City could be boosted by the return of Mario Balotelli, who has been restricted to just 33 minutes action after suffering a knee injury during his debut against Timisoara in August. However, after emerging unscathed from training, the £23million forward is likely to be on the bench for the Blues, who are looking to consolidate second spot.
Full-back Bacary Sagna will return to the Arsenal squad after recovering from a thigh problem. Fit-again strikers Nicklas Bendtner and Theo Walcott are agains included in the squad, but centre-half Laurent Koscielny (back), fellow defender Thomas Vermaelen (Achilles) and goalkeeper Manuel Almunia (elbow) remain out, while midfielder Jack Wilshere starts a three-match ban. Robin van Persie (ankle) and Aaron Ramsey (leg) are on course for a return next month.
MATCH FACTS
Arsenal haven’t kept a clean sheet in their last 15 away matches in all competitions.
The Gunners have won just one of their last eight Premier League away games.
Arsenal have lost four of their last five away trips in all competitions to the City of Manchester Stadium.
City are the only team in the Premier League yet to score a headed goal this season.
Arsenal have lost five and won two of their seven Premier League away games with Mark Clattenburg as the official, the two wins both coming in London.
City have exactly the same record as they did after eight games last season – W5 D2 L1 GD+7, though were only fifth at this stage in 2009/10.
This is only the third time in Premier league history that Arsenal have conceded 10 or more goals in their opening eight games.
James Milner has created 3.14 goalscoring chances per game this season, more than any other player.
Arsenal have hit the most shots in the Premier League this season (121), City the fourth fewest (70).
Carlos Tevez has been directly involved in nine of Manchester City’s 12 goals this season (two assists, seven goals), and has scored 28 times in his last 31 Premier League outings.
MATCH ODDS
Manchester City 13/10, Draw 21/10, Arsenal 9/5

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