Arsenal vs. Manchester City: match thread

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 18: Vincent Kompany of Manchester City competes with Robin van Persie of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium on December 18, 2011 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Arsenal vs. Manchester City
The Emmanuel Petit Golden Headband
Kickoff: 11 AM EDT, 8 AM PDT
Emirates Stadium, Islington, London
Form: ARS WWWWL | MCFC LWWDD
SB Nation's Blue Mancunian internet fiesta: Bitter and Blue
TV: Fox Soccer

Good morning, everyone. After last week's sub-par showing at Loftus Road, Arsenal will have a chance to redeem themselves against the number two team in all the Inger-land today back home at the Emirates. Manchester City come to town in gold-plated coaches, steeds of the purest white pulling their equipment vans, heralds and valets decked out in their finest livery, etc. (Yes, I know that Arsenal are easily one of the richest clubs on earth, too. Leave me alone.)

It's your match thread! Whee! Just remember: 1) use a subject line for all comments (if it feels like they shouldn't have one, just make the comment itself the subject line), 2) limit picture heights to 300 pixels, and 3) be kind to one another.

The lineups are a bit interesting. Yossi Benayoun has gotten the call, and Gervinho's not even in the subs. Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy both return to the place they called home last year:

Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Gibbs, Song, Arteta, Rosicky, Benayoun, Walcott, Van Persie.

Subs: Fabianski, Djourou, Santos, Jenkinson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Chamakh.

City: Hart, Zabaleta, Clichy, Kompany, Lescott, Yaya Toure, Barry, Milner, Nasri, Aguero, Balotelli.

Subs: Pantilimon, Richards, Pizarro, Dzeko, Kolarov, Tevez, De Jong.

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