Aguero set to be unleashed on Arsenal but crocked Nasri to miss date with old pals

By Sportsmail Reporter

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Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri seems certain to miss Sunday's Premier League encounter with former club Arsenal.

Nasri limped out of the Champions League defeat to Real Madrid on Tuesday night with a hamstring problem.

However Mancini confirmed that striker Sergio Aguero was fit to start, as is Mario Balotelli.

The boss: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini arrives for his press conference on Friday morning

The boss: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini arrives for his press conference on Friday morning

 

Aguero scored the goal that clinched City's first Barclays Premier League title in the dying seconds of last season but is yet to make an impression this term having suffered a knee injury in the opening fixture against Southampton last month.

He had hoped to make his return in the Spanish capital on Tuesday but events prevented manager Roberto Mancini bringing him on.

While the problem with Nasri is not serious, manager Roberto Mancini feels this weekend will come too early for the France international.

'I do not think he will be ready for Sunday,' said Mancini. 'We will try but it is difficult.

'I hope he will be okay for next week.'

Balotelli was left out of City's squad altogether for the trip to Madrid amid suggestions of another bust-up with his manager.

But the mercurial Italian striker is vying with Aguero, Carlos Tevez and Edin Dzeko for a place up front against the Gunners.

Defender Joleon Lescott will hope to reclaim his place but right-back Micah Richards (ankle) remains sidelined.

Meanwhile, it has been confirmed City will wear black armbands on Sunday in honour of Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes, the two Greater Manchester Police officers killed attending a routine report of a domestic burglary on Tuesday.

Fit again: Sergio Aguero
Out: Samir Nasri (right)

In and out: City striker Sergio Aguero (left) is fit again but midfielder Samir Nasri (right) is still suffering

 

 

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megatroll usa , megatroll ? more like failing troll ....seen your amateur comments , must try harder ...you must be bored in the us to be on an british paper HAHA

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Man City will get a beating if Arsenal settle and play their game - its about time Man City lost at home. Once we do it then others will follow. I then expect RM to implode with his players as its all got to his impulsive head.

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- alginon smythe, manchester, United Kingdom, 21/9/2012 20:43 Seriously dude, some of your comments are a joke....please stop making a fool of yourself!!

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Mann city buy the best players, not fair.....waaaaaaaaaaa

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Hyde Mark Yes but he did sign for City and he is happy where he is. The emotion was clear for all to see when he hit the winner against QPR to win the league for City, he's here to stay. Do you remember Ronald's wanting to leave united for Real Madrid, or did you conveniently forget?

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"Real madrid didn't come in for me, if they did I wouldn't have signed for citeh “ s.aguero

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6-2 Arsenal. Time Man C had a beating

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I'm going for a 1-2 t the Arsenal, with Podolski and Cazorla for Arsenal, and Aguero for city.

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5-1 to City.

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3-1 to the ARSENAL - ibz, manchester, 21/09/2012 14:32 Tell me when your planet was destroyed was they anymore survivors??

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