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Premier League 433 43 Arsenal vs. Manchester City: Players to watch 31522969 Arsenal vs. Manchester City (live, Sunday, FOX Soccer, 11 a.m. ET) Arsenal+vs.+Manchester+City+%28live%2C+Sunday%2C+FOX+Soccer%2C+11+a.m.+ET%29 Premier League

This is a game both teams desperately need to win. A loss here could see City fall ten full points behind arch-rivals United in the Premier League race, a nearly insurmountable gap with over half the season in the books. Struggling Arsenal also need a win to boost their fragile confidence and to have a hope at cracking the top four this season. Here are the six players to watch during the critical clash at Etihad Stadium.

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Premier League 433 43 Arsenal vs. Manchester City: Players to watch 31522975 Gareth Barry, M, Manchester City Gareth+Barry%2C+M%2C+Manchester+City Premier League

If Manchester City are to pull their first league road win against Arsenal since 1975, Barry will be key. The former Aston Villa midfielder has experienced his share of struggles with the Etihad club but expects to be a regular in Roberto Mancini's plans during Yaya Toure's absence during his Africa Cup of Nations duties. City's clash against Arsenal should allow Barry to prove that he remains a top-level talent midfield tests against Santi Cazorla and Mikel Arteta on Sunday.

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Premier League 433 43 Arsenal vs. Manchester City: Players to watch 31522974 Vincent Kompany, D, Manchester City Vincent+Kompany%2C+D%2C+Manchester+City Premier League

The true standard for Manchester City, Kompany's carried his stellar performance from last season to City's 2012-13 campaign helping the defending champs post the lowest goals against record (19) in the Premier League. To his credit, Kompany has carried City's defensive responsibility as Matija Nastasic and Joleon Lescott have battled for starting duties, albeit unsuccessfully, since Novemeber. Sunday's match puts Kompany against Arsenal's Olivier Girioud and Theo Walcott, which will test the City's captain strength in quickness during pressure situations.

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Premier League 433 43 Arsenal vs. Manchester City: Players to watch 31522973 Carlos Tevez, F, Manchester City Carlos+Tevez%2C+F%2C+Manchester+City Premier League

With Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini expressing his regret not to capture Robin van Persie's signature during the summer transfer window, Tevez hinted that Mancini's comments have made him more determined to succeed this season. The Italian's remarks seem to have resonated as City's strikers hit home against Stoke on New Year's Day and during the FA Cup win over Watford on Saturday. With Sergio Aguero out on injury and Mario Balotelli still trying to find his form, expect Tevez to make an impact during this tight Premier League encounter.

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Premier League 433 43 Arsenal vs. Manchester City: Players to watch 31522972 Thomas Vermaelen, D, Arsenal Thomas+Vermaelen%2C+D%2C+Arsenal Premier League

Like many Arsenal players, Vermaelaen has looked sluggish and poor following the rigourous Premier League winter schedule. The newly-appointed captain has failed to recapture last season's form which saw him named as one of the top Premier League defenders. With his Belgian countryman Vincent Kompany expected to suit up for Manchester City, Sunday's clash might just be the extra motivation Vermaelaen needs to escape the shadows Kompany exerts on the international and club level.

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Premier League 433 43 Arsenal vs. Manchester City: Players to watch 31522971 Santi Cazorla, M, Arsenal Santi+Cazorla%2C+M%2C+Arsenal Premier League

Emerging as the new hero for the Emirates Stadium faithful, Cazorla has proved his worth  scoring 7 goals in 27 appearances this season. The Spanish playmaker will have his hands full against Manchester City's stingy defensive unit, with Gareth Barry and James Milner also expected to clog Arsenal's midfield option. If Cazorla can penetrate and provide service to Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud up front, Arsenal can upset City and deliver a severe blow to their Premier League title chances.

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Premier League 433 43 Arsenal vs. Manchester City: Players to watch 31522970 Theo Walcott, F, Arsenal Theo+Walcott%2C+F%2C+Arsenal Premier League

Walcott had done well since Arsene Wenger let him roam free through the middle, exposing slow defenders with his quickness in attack during recent matches against Reading and Newcastle. With recent reports suggesting the Gunners are ready to dish the 25-year-old a new £90,000-a-week five-year deal, Walcott will get a stern test as Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany will pose a different problem for the resurging England international.

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