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Hart fails to retain place, Walcott, Sagna return

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December 14, 2013 « LIVE - Premier League commentary | Chartbeat test »

Joe Hart has failed to retain his place in the Manchester City starting line-up and remains on the bench for the visit of league leaders Arsenal.

Hart had started in goal for City's Champions League victory at Bayern Munich on Wednesday, but Manuel Pellegrini keeps Premier League faith with Costel Pantilimon.

For the visitors, Theo Walcott returns to the Arsenal XI as the Gunners look to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League table. The England forward has not started since September.

Bacary Sagna also returns.

Manchester City starting XI: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Clichy, Fernandinho, Yaya Toure, Nasri, Silva, Aguero, Negredo Substitutes: Hart, Lescott, Kolarov, Garcia, Navas, Milner, Dzeko

Arsenal starting XI: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Flamini, Wilshere, Ramsey, Ozil, Walcott, Giroud Substitutes: Fabianski, Vermaelen, Arteta, Rosicky, Cazorla, Gnabry, Bendtner

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