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Arsenal and Manchester City will resume action after the International break with an early season six pointer at the Emirates.

Both sides have made strong starts to the season with City sitting fourth in the table, on six points, after winning two games so far. The club did however suffer a surprise setback last time out going down 1-0 at home to Stoke and with the Gunners currently unbeaten and a point behind them they cannot afford another slip up.

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The two sides have already met this season with Arsenal gaining an early season advantage with victory in the Charity shield however City defender Pablo Zabaleta believes his side will be much strong this time round.

“It [the Community Shield defeat] was the first game of the campaign and the squad were not all back from the summer or 100 per cent fit,” the full-back told City’s official website.

“We are much stronger than we were a month ago and we will continue to improve and get back into our stride as each game goes by.

“That said, Arsenal are a very good team and it is always a hard game at the Emirates.

“They have improved their squad and brought in some great players to strengthen their title bid but we are looking to bounce back after the Stoke defeat and we will go there to win three points.”

City will assess Stevan Jovetic (hamstring) before the game while Fernando is expected to miss out with a groin injury.

Arsenal meanwhile will hand a debut to Danny Welbeck. The forward, signed for £16 million from Manchester United, will be full of confidence on his return to Manchester after scoring two goals for England midweek.

Welbeck is likely to stand in for Olivier Giroud with the Frenchman out until 2015 while Aaron Ramsey is a doubt for the game.

Kieran Gibbs (hamstring), Mikel Arteta (ankle) and Mesut Ozil (knock) are all set to feature after shaking off knocks.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.