Preview: Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester City

Following last week’s disaster, in terms of result if not performance, it’s imperative for Roberto Mancini to get a result in the Midlands. With Wolves struggling, City will be looking for a win to ensure they remain in the top four.

The big news is the absence of Carlos Tevez. That should mean a return to the starting line-up for Emmanuel Adebayor, though Mancini has spoken of starting Balotelli. No doubt this will have the Togolese sweating on his place, though Mario may play on the left flank in the old Bellamy role.

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Striker transfers – Santa Cruz, Dzeko and the rest

In terms of possible striker transfers, this week feels like the calm after last week’s Wayne Rooney storm. Roque Santa Cruz has been quoted saying he’s up for a move in January to try and get first team football. Tell us something we don’t know!

Roque also reveals that Carlos Tevez misses his family in Argentina. Once again it’s hardly a revelation. The Mail report we’re looking again at Edin Dzeko following Rooney’s decision to stay put.

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Verdict: Manchester City 0 Arsenal 3

Rarely has such early promise given way to dismay so quickly. The sending off of Boyata after a mere four minutes left City too long to play with 10 men as we crashed to Arsenal.

This was no reward for a sterling effort. De Jong, Silva and Tevez all took the fight to Arsenal, particularly during the first half, as we managed an impressive nine goal attempts with six on target.

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