Premier League briefing
Team news, statistics and our verdict for Sunday's action in the Barclays Premier League.
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Sunday, September 22
Midfielder Mikel Arteta could make his first appearance of the season after recovering from a thigh injury. Santi Cazorla (ankle) remains sidelined, so record signing Mesut Ozil is set for his home debut. Czech playmaker Tomas Rosicky (thigh) is unavailable, along with France Under-21 forward Yaya Sanogo (back), German forward Lukas Podolski (hamstring) and longer-term absentees Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Abou Diaby (both knee).
Midfielder Charlie Adam has been Stoke's only injury concern but manager Mark Hughes expects the Scot to be fit. Adam needed stitches in a cut after a training ground incident. Midfielder Stephen Ireland and forward Mark Arnautovic, who made their debuts off the bench against Manchester City last week, are pushing for first starts.
Last season: Arsenal 1 Stoke 0, Stoke 0 Arsenal 0
Last five league matches: Arsenal W L W W W; Stoke D L W W D
Top scorers (all competitions): Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) 6; Kenwyne Jones (Stoke) 3
Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)
Crystal Palace will be without the suspended Kagisho Dikgacoi, sent off at Manchester United last weekend. Winger Jerome Thomas is back in training following an ankle injury, with Yannick Bolasie also nearing a return from his hamstring problem. Jonny Williams and Jack Hunt (both ankle) and Joel Ward (calf) will miss out with captain Paddy McCarthy (groin) and striker Glenn Murray (knee) also absent.
Swansea captain Ashley Williams is doubtful due to an ankle injury. The defender missed the win in Valencia on Thursday. Winger Pablo Hernandez will definitely miss out with his hamstring strain, while left-back Neil Taylor is edging closer to a return from his thigh problem.
Last season: No corresponding fixture
Last five league matches: Crystal Palace W L L W L; Swansea L L L W D
Top scorers (all competitions): Marouane Chamakh, Danny Gabbidon, Owen Garvan, Dwight Gayle & Stuart O'Keefe (Crystal Palace) 1; Wilfried Bony (Swansea) 5
Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)
David Marshall is set to return to the Cardiff starting line-up after overcoming a hip problem, while Craig Bellamy is also back in the squad. Striker Andreas Cornelius remains on the sidelines with the ankle injury he suffered at Accrington in the Capital One Cup.
Tottenham left-back Danny Rose is a big doubt after he limped off in Thursday night's Europa League clash against Tromso with an ankle injury. Defender Younes Kaboul (adductor) and midfielder Mousa Dembele (ankle) could be fit for action despite also being replaced against the Norwegians. Etienne Capoue (ankle) and Aaron Lennon (foot) are out, winger Nacer Chadli (adductor) is doubtful, but defender Vlad Chiriches could make his debut after receiving a work permit.
Last season: No corresponding fixture
Last five league matches: Cardiff D L W D D; Tottenham W W W L W
Top scorers (all competitions): Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff) 2; Roberto Soldado & Jermain Defoe (Tottenham) 4
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)
Manchester City midfielder David Silva could return after missing two games with a thigh injury. Right-back Micah Richards (hamstring) is back in training after missing the start of the season and could be in contention but left-back Gael Clichy is not yet ready to feature. Captain Vincent Kompany came through his comeback match against Plzen unscathed but fellow centre-back Martin Demichelis (knee) is a long-term casualty.
Manchester United manager David Moyes looks set to plunge Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand into their third match in a week. The pair have not operated in tandem three times in such quick succession since 2010 but Moyes seems certain to stick with them following the victories over Crystal Palace and Bayer Leverkusen. Rafael (hamstring), Danny Welbeck (knee) and Phil Jones (ankle) missed the midweek Champions League win, while Nani is available after suspension.
Last season: Manchester United 1 Manchester City 2, Manchester City 2 Manchester United 3
Last five league matches: Manchester City L W L W D; Manchester United D W D L W
Top scorers (all competitions): Yaya Toure (Manchester City) 3; Robin van Persie (Manchester United) 6
Referee: Howard Webb