Whilst Vieira, Kolo Toure and - if he plays - Sylvinho should get warm receptions, the same cannot be said of Emmanuel Adebayor, who has become public enemy No 1 for the Gunners faithful since his big-money move north last summer.
Micah Richards (knee) is expected to be fit for Roberto Mancini's men, who look to record their first away win over Arsenal since 1975 to strengthen their top-four claims.
Team (from): Given, Nielsen, Onuoha, Richards, Kay, Boyata, Kompany, Toure, Bridge, Garrido, Sylvinho, Adam Johnson, Cunningham, Zabaleta, De Jong, Barry, Bellamy, Wright-Phillips, Tevez, Santa Cruz, Adebayor, Ibrahim, Nimely.
Passionate: Adebayor enjoyed scoring against Arsenal the last time they met
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