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Sunday links: Richards reflects and Lescott still has much to prove

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Five years to the day he made his debut for the club, Micah Richards reflects on both the changes that the club has undergone during this period and his own ups and downs in form. [guardian.co.uk]

Mark Ogden suggests Mario Balotelli will return to the bench today, and looks at the role in the side Roberto Mancini has in mind for him. [The Telegraph]

Despite his price tag and recent run in the side, Joleon Lescott admits he still has much to prove to manager Roberto Mancini. [Independent]

Richard Farley takes a look at the tactical battle between City and Arsenal, and suggests Roberto Mancini cannot afford to be cautious in his approach. [SBNation]

Despite his hat-trick in midweek, Emmanuel Adebayor may have to be content with a place on the bench against Arsenal, writes Mike Whalley. [MEN]

Pablo Zabaleta has called on his team-mates to grab the win against Arsenal and establish a six point gap over their rivals. [MEN]

SBNation's Arsenal blog previews todays game. [The Short Fuse]