Arsenal vs. Manchester City: Carling Cup Preview and Predicted Starting XI

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Arsenal vs. Manchester City: Carling Cup Preview and Predicted Starting XI
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The must anticipated collision course between Arsenal and Manchester City in the quarterfinals of the Carling Cup is finally upon us. Arsenal supporters have been relishing for this match to come ever since the departures of both Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy.

Many Arsenal supporters still haven't forgave the two, as they believed the two both quit on the club and the supporters when they selected to move up north during the summer transfer window. It was Nasri and Clichy that left Arsenal for the money and believed Manchester City were in a better state of winning silverware than Arsenal.

Many people that support Arsenal, and even the people who work at Arsenal believe Manchester City doesn't deserve the accolades that they have been receiving. Arsenal supporters are angry at what Manchester City are accomplishing because they haven't put in the hard work or sacrifice that other clubs have made in order to get to the top.

Anyway, let's get back to the preview.

Arsenal are coming into this match with a disappointing draw against Fulham this weekend. Many believe Arsenal were once again robbed at the hands of official Mike Dean. Arsenal have yet to win in the last 10 games in which Dean has officiated, which makes many Gunners believe there is a conspiracy going on.

Ever since their lost to Tottenham in early October, Arsene Wenger's side have been able to turn it around and have yet to lose since then. The new arrivals seemed to have gelled well with the squad and Arsenal has been able to overcome the losses of players like Bacary Sagna and Jack Wilshere.

Manchester City has been an unstoppable force in England this season. Roberto Mancini's side has been unbeaten in the Premier League this season through 13 games. However, their luck in European competition hasn't been the same as they are on the brink of elimination in Champions League.

This is the perfect opportunity for Arsenal to beat Manchester City, as Roberto Mancini's club has struggled in the previous week.

Even though both sides won't field their best lineups, this Carling Cup contest will be extraordinary. 

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