Manchester City vs. Arsenal: 5 Key Battles to Watch in Preseason Friendly

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Manchester City vs. Arsenal: 5 Key Battles to Watch in Preseason Friendly
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As London celebrates the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Olympic Games, Manchester City and Arsenal will be competing in Beijing’s former Olympic stadium.

Although the fixture is a preseason friendly, it is of particular importance to Manchester City, who are hoping to increase their influence over fans in the lucrative Asian market.

John MacBeath, the Citizens' former interim chief executive, told the Daily Mail:

This game will be a hugely exciting one for Manchester City. The "Bird’s Nest" Stadium is a truly iconic world sporting stadium, and it will be a fitting venue to host a classic encounter between two of the English Premier League’s greatest clubs.

It is clear that there is huge appetite for the Premier League in Asia, and we are very much looking forward to taking our talented squad there to witness the excitement and put on a sporting spectacle for our fans in China.

Arsene Wenger’s men put a huge dent in Manchester City’s title aspirations when these two teams last met.

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