Arsenal vs Manchester City at Emirates Stadium
Welbeck
Deadline Day signing Danny Welbeck will be hoping to play a central role when Arsenal take on champions Manchester City in the resumption of the Premier League on Saturday.

Welbeck joined Arsenal from Manchester United as the transfer window closed last week and he is likely to go straight into the starting line-up for City’s visit to the Emirates Stadium.

United manager Louis van Gaal stated on Thursday that he sold Welbeck because he was not prolific enough and the striker will be looking to offer a rebuttal to that verdict when he makes his Arsenal debut.

The 23-year-old scored both goals in England’s 2-0 win in Switzerland in the opening European Qualifier on Monday night when operating in a central role and he will be expected to lead Arsenal’s line in the absence of the injured Olivier Giroud.

Arsenal head into the game without a home defeat in the Premier League since the opening day defeat by Aston Villa last season and they started this term with a last-gasp 2-1 triumph over Crystal Palace.

Arsenal head into the game without a home defeat in the Premier League since the opening day defeat by Aston Villa last season and they started this term with a last-gasp 2-1 triumph over Crystal Palace.

Arsene Wenger’s side have since drawn away to Everton and Leicester City, and have also secured qualification for the UEFA Champions League group phase after seeing off Besiktas.

City started the campaign with an impressive 2-0 victory at Newcastle United and followed that up by beating title rivals Liverpool at home before suffering a surprise loss to Stoke City at the Etihad Stadium before the international break.

The title holders have won just once in 29 league visits to Arsenal when James Milner and Edin Dzeko scored first-half goals in a 2-0 success in January 2013 when the home side had Laurent Koscielny sent off after just nine minutes.

Arsenal have already got the better of City recently after claiming the Community Shield at Wembley last month following a 3-0 triumph over Manuel Pellegrini’s team.

Team News

Welbeck could make his Arsenal debut against City following his £16million deadline day move after making just two substitute appearances in the league for United this season.

Midfielder Aaron Ramsey (ankle) will be assessed while captain Mikel Arteta (ankle) is back in full training, along with goalkeeper David Ospina (thigh) and full-back Kieran Gibbs (hamstring). German playmaker Mesut Ozil should be available after returning early from international duty because of a sprained ankle.

England forward Theo Walcott is a few weeks away from returning after a serious knee injury, but midfielder Serge Gnabry (knee) remains out and striker Giroud (fractured foot) is a long-term absentee.

City are waiting on several injury concerns, with Fernando and Stevan Jovetic among those who are doubts for the trip to north London.

Brazilian midfielder Fernando has a groin complaint and Montenegrin forward Jovetic is struggling with a hamstring injury, although summer signing Eliaquim Mangala could make his debut.

Pablo Zabaleta is confident he will be fit after being hurt in a heavy tackle with Arsenal's Lukas Podolski during Argentina's win over Germany last week.

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