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Team news for Sunday's Premier League clash between Manchester City and Arsenal at Eastlands (kick-off 4pm).

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Balotelli: Could be on bench against Gunners

Balotelli: Could be on bench against Gunners

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City could be boosted by the return of Mario Balotelli for the visit of the Gunners.

The Italy international has been restricted to just 33 minutes action after suffering a knee injury during his debut against Timisoara in August.

However, after emerging unscathed from training, the £23million forward is likely to be on the bench for the Blues, who are looking to consolidate second spot.

Full-back Bacary Sagna will return to the Arsenal squad following a thigh problem.

Fit-again strikers Nicklas Bendtner and Theo Walcott are again included in the squad, but centre-half Laurent Koscielny (back), fellow defender Thomas Vermaelen (Achilles) and goalkeeper Manuel Almunia (elbow) remain out, while midfielder Jack Wilshere starts a three-match ban.

Robin van Persie (ankle) and Aaron Ramsey (leg) are on course for a return next month.

Man City (from): Hart, Given, Boateng, Richards, Zabaleta, K Toure, Kompany, Lescott, Bridge, Milner, Barry, De Jong, Y Toure, Vieira, Wright-Phillips, Silva, A Johnson, Tevez, Balotelli, Adebayor, Jo.

Gunners (from): Fabianski, Clichy, Squillaci, Djourou, Eboue, Nasri, Song, Fabregas, Arshavin, Walcott, Chamakh, Szczesny, Denilson, Rosicky, Bendtner, Diaby, Gibbs, Lansbury.

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Premier League Fixtures

Saturday, 04 April 2015
12:45
Arsenal v Liverpool  
15:00
Everton v So'ton  
Leicester v West Ham  
Man Utd v A Villa  
Swansea v Hull City  
W Brom v QPR  
17:30
Chelsea v Stoke  
Sunday, 05 April 2015
13:30
Burnley v Tottenham  
16:00
S'land v Newcastle  
Monday, 06 April 2015
20:00
C Palace v Man City  

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