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Why Arsenal are good enough to beat Manchester City

Arsenal have been one of the hottest teams in the Premier League over the last month, winning five in a row. That run should extend to six this weekend, with struggling Fulham coming to the Emirates Stadium, and over the next week, the Gunners will also look to take care of business at home in a couple of key matches in other competitions.

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Carling Cup: Arsenal v Manchester City

After their matches against Dortmund and Fulham, Arsenal close out their November schedule next Tuesday night at 8:00 pm BST with a Carling Cup quarterfinal showdown against Premier League leaders Manchester City.

Arsenal have a sparkling home record against City, having not lost at home to the Citizens since 1975. That mark will certainly be put to the test next week, given the talent that City will bring to the Emirates, as Roberto Mancini should field a strong lineup. There’s a good chance that starting XI could feature former Arsenal star Samir Nasri, who could make his first appearance at the Emirates since making a big-money move to City in August.

There could be quite a few goals in this tie, as City have scored 42 goals in their 12 Premier League matches to date and seven in their two Carling Cup wins, while Arsenal have scored 25 in 12 Premier League matches and five in their two Carling Cup wins.

This is the first of two meetings between Arsenal and City in the span of a few weeks, as they face off at the Etihad Stadium on 18 December. That will be a highly-anticipated fixture, especially if next week’s match proves to be as much of a thriller as it could be.

Tuesday, 29th November 7:30pm on Sky Sports 2, Sky Sports HD 2 and Sky 3D.

UEFA Champions League: Arsenal top Group F

Robin van Persie’s brace saw Borussia Dortmund off and Arsene Wenger’s men create a four point gap atop Group F of the Champions League. Marseille are just one point clear of Olympiakos but in the final group game, the Greeks face the Gunners.

Arsenal is the only English team who has qualified with a match to spare as Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea have a chance of falling to Europa League. Still, the away game against Olympiakos should be taken seriously.

No Gooners would mind if Arsenal finishes the group stage unbeaten and on a high. Group-mates Marseille and Dortmund would also like to see an Arsenal win in Greece as that would mean at least the consolation Europa League prize for them.

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