Let the booing commence.
Robinho is a doubt for Manchester City after picking up an injury in Brazil’s win against Argentina last weekend.
Carlos Tevez is out after twisting his knee in the same match, although City are hopeful he could play some part against Manchester United next Sunday.
Andrey Arshavin may miss Arsenal’s next three games after aggravating a groin problem in Russia’s win against Wales.
Cesc Fabregas is back from a hamstring problem, while Tomas Rosicky made his comeback for the Czechs on Wednesday.
Suspended: None Doubtful: Robinho (leg)
Injured: Johnson (groin), Kompany (toe), Santa Cruz & Tevez (knee)
Suspended: None Doubtful: Vela (ankle)
Injured: Arshavin (groin), Djourou (knee), Fabianski (knee),
Nasri (leg), Walcott (back) (BBC Sport)
This should be a barnstormer of a game with a great atmosphere. I have a great deal of respect for the Man City supporters who haven’t had much to shout about in years and deserve to have a mega rich owner who can help push them onwards and upwards, however I do not have an ounce of respect for a certain Emmanuel Adebayor who will be on show (unless he cries off at the last moment). The Togolese striker treated Arsenal football club and its supporters with disdain and disrespect in the manner he attempted last summer to engineer a move to AC Milan and the resultant childish behaviour when it went pear shaped made him a figure of hate among the Gunners faithful and he had no choice but to leave us, but at least we got a pretty penny for him.
One man who will get a hearty cheer from the away fans will be Kolo Toure, who is the polar opposite to Adebayor and a player of great character and loyalty. Back to the game, this will be a tight one and could go either way. We performed manfully at Old Trafford and didn’t deserve to lose. I am going to sit on the fence for this one.
My Prediction: 1-1