Date: 18th December 2011 at 4:00pm
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As we enter a very busy festive period our Christmas kicks of with a real crack, away to Manchester City.

After a horrible start to the season we`ve really picked up the pace with 7 wins in our last 8 games, but today will probably be one of the biggest tests of the season, indeed our performance will tell us how far we`ve really come.

City will start the game without a recognised left back due to injury and suspension. However we`re in the same position, however we can call upon the much experienced Thomas Vermaelen to fill the void.

Here`s the teams.

Man City
? 25 Hart
? 02 Richards
? 04 Kompany
? 05 Zabaleta
? 28 K Toure
? 18 Barry
? 19 Nasri
? 21 Silva
? 42 Y Toure
? 16 Aguero
? 45 Balotelli

Substitutes
? 30 Pantilimon
? 06 Lescott
? 15 Savic
? 07 Milner
? 11 Johnson
? 34 De Jong
? 10 Dzeko

Arsenal
? 13 Szczesny
? 04 Mertesacker
? 05 Vermaelen
? 06 Koscielny
? 20 Djourou
? 08 Arteta
? 14 Walcott
? 16 Ramsey
? 17 Song
? 10 Van Persie
? 27 Gervinho

Substitutes
? 01 Almunia
? 49 Miquel
? 07 Rosicky
? 23 Arshavin
? 26 Frimpong
? 30 Benayoun
? 29 Chamakh