Arsenal face Manchester City in the Premier League just days after getting thrashed 3-0 by Pep Guardiola’s side in the Carabao Cup final, but will Arsene Wenger go for a different approach at the Emirates?
Days after getting humiliated by City, Arsenal have to face them again but this time they’re at the Emirates and the result, good or bad, means a lot less. Therefore, I wouldn’t bet against Arsenal actually remembering how to play football for 90 minutes.
Will Wenger change his approach and starting line-up? Hopefully…
Arsenal have lost Nacho Monreal from the starting XI due to back inflammation he suffered in the first half against City. The news comes as a massive blow, since the 32-year-old has been one of Arsenal’s better players this term, scoring three goals since his return from injury last month.
Wenger: "Nacho Monreal is out for the next two games and maybe two more against Milan."
— Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) February 28, 2018
Sead Kolasinac will probably stand in.
Fortunately (I think), Henrikh Mkhitaryan is available again. The ex-Manchester United playmaker was cup-tied for the final on Sunday.
Alexandre Lacazette is still sidelined after undergoing knee surgery last week.
With Monreal out, I imagine Kolasinac will step in, just like he did in the final at the weekend. Other than that, I reckon we’ll see a mostly unchanged back line of Laurent Koscielny, Shkondran Mustafi and Hector Bellerin.
Mainly because they’re our only real choices if Wenger goes for four at the back.
Although Granit Xhaka should be dropped for Mohamed Elneny, I don’t see it happening.
Jack Wilshere will probably start again, as will Aaron Ramsey.
Although the Welshman wasn’t fantastic against City at the weekend and was subbed off, he’s only just returned from injury and, when fit, can make a massive difference to Wenger’s side.
Mesut Ozil, Miki and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should make up Arsenal’s attack. If not, god knows what Wenger’s thinking.
Danny Welbeck and Alex Iwobi should start on the bench.
4-3-3: Cech, Kolasinac, Kos, Mustafi, Bellerin, Wilshere, Xhaka, Ramsey, Ozil, Miki, Aubameyang.