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With Arsenal’s treatment room almost as congested as their dressing room, this is not the worst time for improving Sunderland to visit Emirates Stadium.
Alexis Sanchez and Santi Cazorla, two of the Gunners’ key players, will begin extended absences as they join the walking wounded that numbered an astonishing 10 players at the start of this week.
Notwithstanding their injury crisis, the mini-revival overseen by Sam Allardyce at the Stadium of Light and a historical antipathy to ultra-physical opponents, Arsenal are still the favourites to win this clash.
Assist king Mesut Ozil is one of the outstanding players in the Premier League this season and, with Aaron Ramsey and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain fit again and expected to start, the home side still have plenty of bona-fide attacking options and potential goalscorers.
Olivier Giroud could also have some competition up front for the first time in a while, as Theo Walcott closes in on a return after a five-week absence.
Manchester City are not steamrollering opponents as they were at the start of the season but there is such quality and depth in their squad that the smart money is on a win for Manuel Pellegrini’s team at the Britannia Stadium.
Sergio Aguero and Joe Hart should return after short absences, while David Silva is once again conducting the sky-blue orchestra following two months on the sidelines.
The attacking midfield triumvirate of Silva, Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling oozes class and flair, and has the potential to unlock the most organised and resilient of defences.
Indeed, Sterling has been so wowed by the impact made by De Bruyne at the Etihad Stadium that he compared the dazzling Belgian to his former Liverpool colleague Luis Suarez. High praise indeed.
City’s Vincent Company-less defence will offer Stoke the greatest hope of an upset, but they might need to score at least two goals to get any joy against the prolific visitors.
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