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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is confident Sergio Aguero will feature against ArsenalReuters

Two South Americans dominate the team news going into the big English Premier League clash between Arsenal and Manchester City on Monday.

On the Arsenal side is Alexis Sanchez and his possible availability for this crucial match at the Emirates, and on the Manchester City front it is Sergio Aguero and his obvious importance to the side in the final third.

Both players have missed the last few weeks through injury, and both have now returned to training.

With the match only taking place on Monday, it has given both Arsene Wenger and Manuel Pellegrini a little bit of extra time to get these two superstars fit, and all eyes will be on the teamsheet a little before the match to see if Sanchez and Aguero have made it.

Sanchez injured his hamstring in a Premier League game against Norwich City last month, and after undergoing rehabilitation back home in Chile, the "I am never tired, I always want to run, always want to play" forward has deemed himself fit enough to face Manchester City.

Wenger, though, is still unsure over his key player's fitness, and the last thing the Arsenal manager will want to see is Sanchez aggravate his injury, which could then rule him out of action for a considerable period during this extremely busy time for Premier League teams.

The likelihood is that Wenger will only name Sanchez on the bench, and bring the Chilean on only if absolutely necessary. With Francis Coquelin, Santi Cazorla, Tomas Rosicky, Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere and Danny Welbeck on the sidelines, Wenger will not want to take a risk with Sanchez, and that is the sensible thing to do, even if the Chilean might think otherwise.

Aguero's situation is a lot better, with the Argentine returning to full training. Pellegrini believes Aguero will be available for selection, unless he suffers a late setback.

"Kun is working with the squad without problems," Pellegrini said. "We'll asses him to see if he's 100% to start the game but I think he'll be in the squad on Monday."

Manchester City, though, will have to do without their skipper Vincent Kompany, who Pellegrini hopes will return for the Boxing Day clash against relegation-threatened Sunderland.

Apart from Kompany, Pablo Zabaleta, Fernando and Samir Nasri are still on the treatment table.

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