Premier League - No recall for Joe Hart as Pantilimon starts for City

England goalkeeper Joe Hart has failed to reclaim his place in the Manchester City side for the Premier League game against Arsenal.

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Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart (Reuters)

Costel Pantilimon continues to start for City, meaning Hart has not started a Premier League game for six weeks, when he committed a dreadful error in a 2-1 defeat to Chelsea.

The 26-year-old was part of the City side that won 3-2 at Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday, prompting rumours he could return, but manager Manuel Pellegrini has kept faith with the Romanian Pantilimon.

On Friday Pellegrini said he expected Hart to reclaim the number one position, but offered no clues as to when: "I trust a lot in Joe, he’s a very good goalkeeper. We’ll see when is the best moment to bring him back.

"Costel deserves respect. He is doing very well and the team are winning almost all the games. We have two goalkeepers and we’ll see when is the best moment (for Hart to) return.”

Manchester City starting XI: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Clichy, Fernandinho, Yaya Toure, Nasri, Silva, Aguero, Negredo

Arsenal starting XI: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Flamini, Wilshere, Ramsey, Ozil, Walcott, Giroud


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