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Jack Wilshere continues to wait for FA verdict on hand gesture towards Manchester City fans

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Manchester City 6 Arsenal 3: Victory over Arsenal only counts if City can improve away form, says Samir Nasri

The City midfielder feels the wins over Tottenham, Bayern Munich and Arsenal has provided a momentum boost which they need to carry into their away matches

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'I don't know if we play similar but both Arsène and me, we always try to play creatively and not to destroy what the other team wants to do'

Manuel Pellegrini: I am not a genius like Arsène Wenger but we both like to attack

Manuel Pellegrini’s staff were entering into the spirit of wearing Christmas jumpers for charity yesterday, though he did not launch into bad fashion with them. “I don’t want to explain why,” he said, steadfastly sporting his black training top – and he was equally unflamboyant when it was put to him that one of the players who has been reborn under his management, Samir Nasri, recently said he resembled Arsène Wenger with his qualities of man-management.

Manchester City midfielder James Milner wants City's good run to continue against Arsenal after he scored the match-winner against Bayern Munich

Manchester City v Arsenal: James Milner hopes home form hot streak will carry City to victory against Premier League leaders Arsenal

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Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini has praised the team for coming through Group F despite missing out on progressing as group winners

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The gunners could have made life easier had they drawn in Naples and secured top spot in Group F but missed out after Borussia Dortmund secured a late win in Marseilles

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Champions League last 16 draw 2013: Who could Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United meet?

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James Milner celebrates scoring City’s winner at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday

Fearless Manchester City can let slide Manuel Pellegrini's goal blunder

As their fans began trooping onto planes long before dawn broke over Munich, few of them cared that Manchester City had miscalculated how many goals they needed to top their Champions League group. That City had beaten Bayern Munich in their own stadium was surely enough.

Gonzalo Higuain celebrated his goal with no small amount of passion

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