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EPL Preview: Arsenal face test against City

Saturday 22 Sep 2012 1:05 a.m.

Lukas Podolski's goals have helped pave the way for Arsenal's new look side (Reuters file)

Lukas Podolski's goals have helped pave the way for Arsenal's new look side (Reuters file)

Arsenal's new-found defensive resilience will be put to the test Sunday against a Manchester City team that's set to feature fit-again striker Sergio Aguero.

The only goals Arsenal has conceded in five matches this season have been from a penalty in the 2-1 win over Montpellier in the Champions League, and from a goalkeeping error by Wojciech Szczesny in last weekend's 6-1 rout of Southampton.

Much of the credit for Arsenal's obduracy at the back has gone to recently hired assistant coach Steve Bould, who was a member of the famously stingy Arsenal defence of the 1990s.

Bould says "we will go to Manchester City with a bit of confidence."

Both sides are unbeaten after four Premier League games and have eight points, two behind early leader Chelsea.

AP

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