Arsenal entertain reigning champions Manchester City in Sunday’s late Premier League encounter at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners recently ended a dreadful nine-match winless run with a comeback triumph at West Ham United.
Since then, they have experienced another frustrating 2-2 draw at Standard Liege in the Europa League where they appeared second best for more than 75 minutes, but Bukayo Saka made the key difference with a sublime goal and an assist.
A number of regulars were indeed rested for the midweek clash with a view to the Cityzens game and interim boss Freddie Ljungberg will be hoping that the team can play with the same level of intensity exhibited during the backend of the London derby at West Ham.
Bernd Leno has been one of the standout performers for the Gunners this term and he has been kept busy with the club’s defensive liabilities. He has made 69 saves in the league this season which is more than any other goalkeeper. He will definitely start between the sticks.
In the backline, Arsenal won’t have the services of Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney, who both picked up injuries at the London Stadium. Calum Chambers impressed in a central defensive role alongside Sokratis and that could witness a second-straight league start for Ainsley Maitland-Niles at right-back. On the opposite end, Ljungberg will definitely rely on Sead Kolasinac. The Bosnian impressed in the previous league outing with the assist for the key equaliser scored by Gabriel Martinelli.
In the centre of the park, Matteo Guendouzi could make his first start in three league matches for the Gunners with Granit Xhaka ruled out. The Swiss is out of contention until next week as per the concussion protocols after sustaining a strike to the head with the ball on Monday night. Guendouzi will definitely be accompanied by Lucas Torreira.
Further forward, it should be more of the same from the London derby where Gabriel Martinelli, Nicolas Pepe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were on the scoresheet. Martinelli and Pepe, who has overcome a minor knee problem, are expected to take up the left and right wing roles respectively. Mesut Ozil should slot into the number 10 position with club-captain Aubameyang featuring as the lone striker.
How Arsenal could line up vs Manchester City
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