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Team news for Arsenal's Premier League clash with Manchester City at Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night.

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Silva: Knee trouble

Silva: Knee trouble

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Arsenal have no fresh injury concerns ahead of the game.

Kieran Gibbs misses out but the left-back should be available for the weekend's FA Cup tie with Leeds after recovering from an ankle injury.

Midfielder Abou Diaby (calf), goalkeeper Manuel Almunia (ankle) and centre-back Thomas Vermaelen (Achilles) remain on the sidelines.

Manchester City pair David Silva and Mario Balotelli have been ruled out of the game having failed to recover from their respective knee injuries

"It is a big problem," admitted manager Roberto Mancini.

"Neither of them will be available."

Silva in particular will be a huge loss at the Emirates given his growing influence on the Blues in recent weeks.

"David has been an important player for us and has been doing well recently," said Mancini.

"Hopefully, he will be back for the Wolves game on January 15. Mario might be back for the FA Cup tie at Leicester on Sunday."

City have not beaten the Gunners away from home since 1975 but know victory this time would open a five-point gap on Arsene Wenger's men.

Arsenal (from): Fabianski, Clichy, Djourou, Koscielny, Sagna, Fabregas, Walcott, Arshavin, Song, Nasri, Wilshere, Denilson, van Persie, Squillaci, Eboue, Bendtner, Szczesny, Rosicky.

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

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Premier League Fixtures

Saturday, 23 August 2014
12:45
A Villa v Newcastle
15:00
Chelsea v Leicester  
C Palace v West Ham
Southampton v West Brom
Swansea v Burnley
17:30
Everton v Arsenal
Sunday, 24 August 2014
13:30
Hull City v Stoke  
Tottenham v QPR
16:00
S'land v Man Utd  
Monday, 25 August 2014
20:00
Man City v Liverpool  

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 1 2 3
2 Man City 1 2 3
3 Arsenal 1 1 3
4 Liverpool 1 1 3
5 Swansea 1 1 3
6 A Villa 1 1 3
7 Hull City 1 1 3
8 Tottenham 1 1 3
9 Everton 1 0 1
10 Leicester 1 0 1
11 S'land 1 0 1
12 West Brom 1 0 1
13 C Palace 1 -1 0
14 Man Utd 1 -1 0
15 Southampton 1 -1 0
16 QPR 1 -1 0
17 Stoke 1 -1 0
18 West Ham 1 -1 0
19 Burnley 1 -2 0
20 Newcastle 1 -2 0

Updated Tue, 19 Aug 2014

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