Team news: Arsenal v Man City - Trio missing for Blues

Olivier Giroud is struggling to regain fitness. Photo: PA

Arsenal will assess striker Olivier Giroud's knee injury ahead of Sunday's Premier League clash with Manchester City at Emirates Stadium.

Forward Gervinho is away at the African Nations Cup with Ivory Coast.

Midfielder Abou Diaby returned from three months out with a thigh problem to play for the club's under-21 side this week and could be involved against City. Defender Andre Santos (stomach muscle) also had a run-out, but is not expected to feature for the first team yet.

Manchester City travel to Arsenal without Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure and former Gunner Samir Nasri this weekend.

Striker Aguero (hamstring) remains on the sidelines while midfielder Toure is at the African Nations Cup - along with brother Kolo, the defender, and back-up striker Abdul Razak - and forward Nasri completes a three-game suspension.

Left-back Aleksandar Kolarov (knee) is back in contention for the Barclays Premier League clash at the Emirates Stadium but right-back Maicon (knee) is still out while Micah Richards and Jack Rodwell are long-term casualties.

Provisional Squads

Arsenal: Szczesny, Gibbs, Vermaelen, Mertesacker, Sagna, Podolski, Cazorla, Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arteta, Walcott, Mannone, Giroud, Ramsey, Koscielny, Rosicky, Coquelin, Arshavin, Jenkinson, Diaby.

Man City: Hart, Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Lescott, Kolarov, Clichy, Rekik, Milner, Barry, Garcia, Sinclair, Silva, Tevez, Dzeko, Balotelli, Lopes, Suarez.