Manchester City Vs. Arsenal, 2012 Premier League: Preview And Schedule

Olivier Giroud of Arsenal looks on during the a match between Montpellier Herault SC and Arsenal. Manchester City plays Arsenal on September 23, 2012. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Arsenal face their toughest test of the year, at Eastlands against Manchester City.

Arsenal hot off to a slow start in the Premier League, but have looked like a serious attacking force in recent matches. They don't have to compete for a Premier League title for their season to be considered a success, but they might be able to set their aims higher than third place if they can pull off a big win on Sunday at Eastlands against Manchester City.

All of Arsenal's injury absences are fairly long-term ones and not new. Tomas Rosicky, Jack Wilshere, Bacary Sagna and Wojciech Szczesny all remain out, though the Gunners did get some great news recently about the imminent return of Jack Wilshere. He could play in the League Cup mid-week. Manchester City will be without Micah Richards and Samir Nasri.

Match Date/Time: Saturday, 4:00 p.m. local, 11:00 a.m. ET

Venue: Ethiad Stadium, Manchester, England

TV: FOX Soccer (U.S.), Sky Sports 1 (U.K.), Sportsnet World (Canada)

For more on the two teams, head over to Manchester City blog Bitter and Blue and Arsenal blog The Short Fuse.

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