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Manchester City vs. Arsenal: Lineups

Martin Demichelis starts for Manchester City against Arsenal and Costel Pantilimon continues in goal, while Theo Walcott makes a start for the visitors.

Ross Kinnaird

Arsenal's starting lineup against Manchester City includes Theo Walcott for a surprise start as the Gunners look to maintain their lead at the top of the table.

The England winger starts with Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud in a front three, while Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere are in midfield in front of Mathieu Flamini. Ignacio Monreal continues at left-back in place of Kieran Gibbs.

Martin Demichelis starts in defence for City meanwhile, partnering Vincent Kompany. Yaya Toure and Fernandinho comprise the midfield, with Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Samir Nasri forming an attacking band of three behind the in-form Alvaro Negredo.

Manchester City starting lineup (4-2-3-1) : Costel Pantilimon; Pablo Zabaleta, Vincent Kompany, Martin Demichelis, Gael Clichy; Fernandinho, Yaya Toure; Samir Nasri, Sergio Aguero, David Silva; Alvaro Negredo

Arsenal starting lineup (4-3-3): Wojciech Szczesny; Bacary Sagna, Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny, Ignacio Monreal; Mathieu Flamini, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere; Mesut Ozil, Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott.