Arsenal’s £16m investment in Danny Welbeck looks better value following his two goals for England in midweek. Manager Arsene Wenger will hope this form will continue for his new club, and the striker looks set to make his debut with Olivier Giroud suffering from an ankle injury. Welbeck joins fellow summer signing Alexis Sanchez in the Gunner’s frontline, with the Chilean coming into form, scoring in his last two games.
City’s deadline day deals are unlikely to have the fans as excited as those in North London, only a minor loan exodus which saw Micah Richards, Alvaro Negredo and John Guidetti leave. Boss Manuel Pellegrini will be hoping that the international break will give his side fresh impetuous following a shock home loss to Stoke in their last game. The game, which saw City not score at home for only the second time in 71 matches, comes as a blip in what had been a successful Premier League campaign up to that point.
A substantial win for City could see them lead the Premier League for a short while, before leaders Chelsea kick off later in the day.
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The 10 debutants to look out for this weekend
The 10 debutants to look out for this weekend
1/8 Radamel Falcao (Manchester United)
One of four Manchester United players on this list, Falcao's arrival at Manchester United was the biggest surprise of a mad summer. It will be interesting to see where Louis van Gaal decides to play the Colombian hitman - will he start alongside Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie, will he replace one of them, or will he start from the bench?
2/8 Luke Shaw (Manchester United)
Brought in on a massive fee, the English teenager has been roundly criticised for failing to get fit in time for the new season. With Ashley Young struggling as Van Gaal's left wing-back Luke Shaw should come in and immediately be an upgrade in the position. United and England fans will certainly be hoping so.
3/8 Marcos Rojo (Manchester United)
Almost a month after arriving at Manchester United, and four games into the season, Argentine defender Marcos Rojo finally has a passport and should play. Louis van Gaal's team have looked porous at the back and the fiesty defender should add some bite to the back-line.
4/8 Daley Blind (Manchester United)
A Louis van Gaal favourite, Daley Blind is a versatile player capable of slotting in across the defence, at wing-back or in central midfield. Classy and composed on the ball, Blind is a clever player - it'll be interesting to see where the Manchester United boss opts to play the utility man.
5/8 Danny Welbeck (Arsenal)
Danny Welbeck was brilliant for England in Switzerland, scoring two goals and showing all of the energy and enthusiasm that has made him a manager's favourite. Arsenal were desperately in need of cover after the injury to Olivier Giroud and Gunners fans will be hoping the £16m striker hits the ground running.
6/8 Alex Song (West Ham)
Although he never managed to break into the first team in two years at Barcelona, Alex Song is undoubtedly a top quality player. West Ham needed to add goals and flair to their struggling side and Sam Allardyce will be hoping Song can get close to the 11 assists he provided for Arsenal in the 2011-12 season.
7/8 Abel Hernandez (Hull City)
Steve Bruce has spent the majority of the money he received for the sale of Shane Long on the 24-year-old Hernandez. The Uruguayan had an excellent season in Serie A last year scoring 14 goals for Palermo, but is a bit of a wildcard. The pacey striker will look to develop the same kind of partnership Long enjoyed with Nikica Jelavic last season
8/8 Ricky Alvarez (Sunderland)
Alvarez's signature is a coup for Gus Poyet and Sunderland. The tall Argentina midfielder oozes class and was impressive for Inter Milan last season with four goals and eight assists, before being selected for the World Cup. Sunderland struggled for goals last season and will be hoping Alvarez can provide a spark for their strikers.
PAST THREE MEETINGS…
Arsenal 3 (Cazorla, Ramsey, Giroud) Manchester City 0, Community Shield, August 2014
Arsenal 1 (Flamini) Manchester City 1 (Silva) Premier League, March 2014
Manchester City 6 (Aguero, Negrado, Fernandinho 2, Silva, Toure) Arsenal 3 (Walcott 2, Mertesacker) Premier League, December 2013
Arsenal have scored an average of 1.63 goals a game against City, with City averaging 1.17.
The Gunners have only won one of their last six home games against City.
Jovetic and Aguero lead the scoring charts for City, each on two.
City’s Zabaleta is one of only two players to have scored an own goal this season.
Arsenal to win: 2.87
Manchester City to win: 2.37
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