With two games left this season, Arsène Wenger will still be picking his strongest side available to ensure Arsenal make the Champions League group stages for next season.

There are likely to be a couple of changes after last weekend’s defeat of Norwich City but much of the Arsenal side will remain the same.

That means Petr Čech in goal, being guarded by three of the back four that started last Sunday.

Per Mertesacker pulled up in the second half and Arsène Wenger has confirmed his season is over and we will see Gabriel take his place at the Etihad Stadium, partnering Laurent Koscielny at the back. Nacho Monreal and Héctor Bellerín should make up the rest of the defence.

In midfield, the boss may be tempted to call Francis Coquelin back into the side. The French midfield played well in a defensive Arsenal setup in a win at the Etihad Stadium last season.

Recently, Mohamed Elneny and Aaron Ramsey have been given the chance to build a partnership: maybe Arsène Wenger has an eye on next season and this game will give the pair a chance to prove themselves against strong opposition.

Out wide, Alex Iwobi has struggled for form in recent weeks after his brilliant breakthrough into the side. He was replaced by Danny Welbeck a week ago, and the substitute struck the winner within two minutes.

As such, Welbeck could get the nod out wide again with Alexis Sánchez playing on the opposite side and Olivier Giroud handed another chance to end his goal drought up front.