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18th January 2015

Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal's clash with Manchester City will showcase two of the Premier League's top talents in Alexis Sanchez and Sergio Aguero.

The South American duo, who both scored in the sides' 2-2 draw earlier this season, will go head-to-head again when the Gunners visit the Etihad Stadium at the weekend.

And Wenger says fans are in for a treat if, as expected, Sanchez and Aguero start.

"There are some other great players but Sanchez and Aguero are two of the best performing since the start of the season," he said.

"Aguero has been less consistent because he's been injured more - in the last year he has suffered from being a bit in and out but of course he is a world-class player.

"Alexis is full of energy, full of enthusiasm as well. That is what is fantastically refreshing when you see the number of games he's had to play - he's always keen to go out and play.

"What everyone admires about him is his game is always full of enthusiasm, a desire to do well, to take people on and fight to get the ball back.

"It's fantastic and it's infectious."

Arsenal's main problem is their recemt record against the top sides and they haven't won here since 2010. This season their only win against a top six side was the 1-0 win over depleted Southampton in December. The Saints beat Arsenal comfortably this month though as did Chelsea in December.

Manchester City are slight oidds-on which whilst about right is no value against a decent side on their day. Especially if Aguero returns and is not 100%. His record retruning from injury for club or country is not great and he has failed to score in his last five return games.

Arsenal have match winner in Sanchez and at 7/2 you might be tempted but that record against the top sides is a big off putter.

Both teams to score is a 4/7 shot which given the number of times Arsenal fail on the road the 19/10 with Marathon that both teams don't score has some value in what might be a duller game than we anticipate.

The Blues have no other fitness concerns, though they will be without Yaya Toure due to his participation in the Africa Cup of Nations.

As for Arsenal, their annual winter injury crisis has set in, with Mathieu Debuchy (shoulder) and Mikel Arteta (ankle) the latest to be ruled out after undergoing surgery.

Danny Welbeck (thigh), Jack Wilshere (ankle) and Abou Diaby (calf) are also set to miss the trip to Manchester.

But defender Kieran Gibbs could be back in contention after missing two weeks of action, having overcome a heel injury.

Joe Ross