Arsenal are reporting no fresh injury problems. Midfielders Abou Diaby and Francis Coquelin (both hamstring) are set to return to full training next week. Centre-back Per Mertesacker (ankle) and midfielder Jack Wilshere (ankle) remain sidelined.
Manchester City are hopeful striker Sergio Aguero (foot) will be fit. Defender Joleon Lescott (hip) is back in contention while midfielder Samir Nasri could also return against his former club after missing last week's draw with Sunderland after a family problem and slight injury. Striker Carlos Tevez is again likely to be among the substitutes.
Arsene Wenger: "In the last eight games we have won seven, so the momentum should still be there. [The QPR result] was an interruption and a disappointment. We want to come back to our recent level, that means playing well and therefore winning the game. We are in a position now where we want to win our next game and show that it was only an interruption. We have a big game in front of us with two teams who want to win so it promises to be a very exciting match."
Roberto Mancini on Mario Balotelli and why team-mates could be angry with him: "I can understand it. I told him if you played with me, 10 years ago, I give to you every day one punch in your head! I understand his team-mates, but there are different ways to help guys like Mario."
Manchester City are one of only three teams against whom Robin van Persie has not scored in the Premier League this season (along with Fulham and Wolves).
If he scores in this match, van Persie will become only the fourth player to score against 17 different teams in a Premier League season (after Cole 1993/94, Shearer 1994/95 and Wright 1996/97).
Arsenal have failed to score in five of their last six matches against Manchester City in all competitions, including the last three at the Emirates Stadium.
Manchester City have failed to score in three of their last four Premier League games against the Gunners and each of their last four visits to the Emirates Stadium.
There have been three red cards in the last three Premier League meetings between Arsenal and City.
After winning 18 and losing just one of the first 22 Premier League meetings, Arsenal have won just two and lost three of the last seven against City.
Arsenal have won 11 and lost one of their last 14 Premier League games at the Emirates.
Manchester City have won none of their last 26 away league games against Arsenal (W0 D8 L18), but did win there in the Carling Cup this season.
Since their last league win in October 1975, Man City have scored just nine goals in 26 visits to play Arsenal in north London.
Manchester City have scored just five goals in their last nine Premier League away games and won just two (W2 D3 L4).
Before Christmas David Silva scored five goals and provided eight assists. Since Christmas he has failed to score and provided only four assists.
Arsenal 7/5, Man City 15/8, Draw 12/5.