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Mark Hughes v Arsène Wenger
Have had their spats in the past. Hughes, during his Blackburn days, was regularly involved in verbal clashes with the Arsenal manager. Both men need a trophy this season, so the stakes are high and tempers could become frayed in the closing stages.

Despite the need to win, Wenger will keep faith with his policy of long-term gain by blooding his younger players. “It is good preparation for the players to play in the Premier League,” he said yesterday.

Key battle

Emmanuel Adebayor v Mikaël Silvestre
Adebayor has admitted that his form has taken a nosedive since returning from a three-match ban more than a month ago, but he will be fired up to hit the scoresheet again against Arsenal.

Silvestre will have his hands full, but, along with central-defensive partner Philippe Senderos, he certainly has the big-game experience required to keep the City striker quiet.

Talking tactics

A no-win situation for City. A team costing in excess of £150 million will be expected to brush Arsenal’s youngsters aside and the impatient City fans will demand a victory. If Wenger’s kids can frustrate the home side, however, the crowd will become restless and heap further pressure on the home team.

Probable teams

Manchester City (4-4-2): Given; Zabaleta, Toure, Lescott, Bridge; Wright-Phillips, De Jong, Ireland, Bellamy; Tevez, Adebayor.
Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Mannone; Gilbert, Senderos, Silvestre, Traore; Eastmond, Merida; Wilshere, Ramsey, Vela; Watt
Referee: C. Foy (Merseyside)

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