Date: 4th January 2011 at 9:21pm
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The relentlessly in form David Silva’s absence will be keenly felt at The Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night. Mancio today confirmed Silva and Super Mario’s knee knacks…

Arsene Wenger is no mug and will be determined to exploit the gaping hole in City’s creativity left by the Spaniard who is out for two weeks following a crunching challenge against Blackpool.

Mario Balotelli meanwhile has encountered post surgery difficulties and the shrewd City boss has ruled him out also, pencilling him in for Sunday’s FA Cup mission to Leicester. A startling aspect that the young and still learning Balotelli offers The Blues gaffer is an unpredictably powerful option.

The match at Arsenal is eagerly anticipated across the world, let alone England and it’s a great shame that the spectacle won’t be graced by two of the beautiful game’s emerging young stars.

City fans have learnt a lot about Roberto Mancini and this correspondent for one is pleased to see that he takes no chances with his player’s injuries and will not risk them when big games suggest that key players should start at all costs. We’ve seen at close quarters that the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson and Mark Hughes are both big advocates of cortisone injections. Wayne Rooney, Vincent Kompany and Robinho have all gangster tripped their ways through vital fixtures only to end up eventually sidelined for longer periods.

Back to the big one, and it will be fascinating to see how Mancini now approaches the task of taking on Arsenal.

Will he go for containment and counter attack? Will he exercise his to date carefully rotated squad’s strength with attack in mind and aim to have a go at The Gunners?

Give us your punditry!

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