I expect, like most people, the Gunners to progress, but the visitors are a very tough side to break down and it might take some time for the home team to get on top.
Arsenal have managed just a single goal in the first half of their last eight games, which equates to six hours of football and have gone in level at the break, in nine of their last eleven starts, which is almost 82%.
City have not conceded a single goal in their last eight first halves and hold a 2-6-0 record, they are on a 13 match unbeaten run, including six on the road.
Hosts will be without Eboue, Adebayor and Arshavin, but might be able to call upon the services of Eduardo, if Wenger decides to risk him, in what seems sure to be a full blooded cup tie. City will have 7-8,000 supporters at the game and they are sure to make a lot of noise and fire up their team, if a winner comes for Arsenal, it seems far more likely after the break. There were very few real chances in the first meeting and the fantastic work rate of the City players kept them on top for most of the first half.
They will be well rested, having not played for 16 days and if not too rusty, should have enough about them to hold out until the break. At the quote, this looks the best value bet, in what should be an entertaining evening.
5.5 points half time draw 2.50 + general quote ....... as big as 2.625 in places