Danny Welbeck
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Arsenal take on Manchester City in the 2014/15 Premier League season at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

Where to Watch Live

Kick-off is set for 12.45 pm BST. Live coverage is on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport 1 HD. Catch the highlights of the game on Match of the Day on BBC One and BBC One HD at 10:30pm BST.

Overview

Arsenal welcome Premier League champions Manchester City to Emirates Stadium on Saturday and will hope to improve on last season's performances against them. The Gunners can take confidence from the victory over the Cityzens in the Community Shield earlier in the summer, but will have to keep in mind, that they took on a City side that were missing most of their first-team players.

Arsene Wenger will have the services of skipper Mikel Arteta, who has recovered from the ankle injury he sustained three weeks ago and also welcomes back left-back Kieran Gibbs and Mesut Ozil, who picked up a knock against Leicester. However, Arsenal could be without the services of midfield star Aaron Ramsey after the Welshman picked up an injury on international duty.

Part of the focus will be on Arsenal's deadline day arrival Danny Welbeck, who could be in line for a start against City. The England international could be targeted by the away fans owing to his Manchester United heritage.

Manchester City
Manchester City players trainingReuters

Meanwhile, City will come into this game seeking revenge for the loss at Wembley and will want to get back to winning ways following their 0-1 loss to Stoke City in the last Premier League game they played before the international break.

Manuel Pellegrini will have the services of star striker Sergio Aguero, but will be without Stevan Jovetic, who is back on the treatment table after a fine start to his second season in England. Former Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna could be in line to make a debut for City on Saturday, and should be in for a mixed reception from the Gunners faithful.

Stat of the Match: The Gunners have only won one of their last six home games against City.

What Managers Say

Arsene Wenger (Arsenal): "It is a good opportunity to show that we have improved on that front because a year before it was completely the opposite and last year it was like that. We have now got the opportunity to show that we have grown as a team, that we are more mature and ready for the fight. Let's do it."

Manuel Pellegrini (Manchester City): "It's a good test because they are three important teams. We are just beginning the season so not one of these games will decide the future but it's very important to start winning and trying to recover the three points we dropped at home [to Stoke]. Of course, against big rivals it's always a match of six points but more for the home team. If we can beat Arsenal at their ground, for our team that is very good."

Betting Odds (888Sport.com)

  • Arsenal to win: 2
  • Manchester City to win: 7/5
  • Draw: 27/11
  • Danny Welbeck to score 2 or more goals for Arsenal against Man City - 15/1

Team News

Arsenal

Probable Lineup: Szczesny; Debuchy, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal; Arteta, Flamini; Cazorla, Ozil, Sanchez; Welbeck.

Manchester City

Probable Lineup: Hart; Sagna, Demichelis, Kompany, Kolarov; Silva, Toure, Fernandinho, Nasri; Aguero, Dzeko.