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After a big League Cup win, Arsenal need to carry that momentum into the Premier League. Let’s take a look at our predicted Arsenal lineup to face Manchester City.
After no goals in their first two Premier League games, Arsenal lifted spirits with a 6-0 win over West Bromwich Albion in the League Cup.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang starred with three goals and an assist, but Nicolas Pépé, Bukayo Saka, Martin Ødegaard, and Alexandre Lacazette were all involved in the scoring as well, an encouraging sign for the coming league fixtures.
Unfortunately, Arsenal’s next game is about as tough as it gets, away to Manchester City.
Mikel Arteta has no reason to hold back, given the international break coming up afterwards, but his side will need to be at their best to have any chance at all. Here’s our predicted Arsenal lineup to face Manchester City on Saturday.
Aaron Ramsdale played well and kept a clean sheet against West Brom, but it seems pretty likely Bernd Leno will come back in anyway. At least there’s some competition for the position now, and we can only hope that pushes both of them on.
Gabriel Magalhaes is back in training, but it seems more likely he’ll rejoin the starting lineup after the international break. Ben White is also still a doubt for this match after his positive Covid-19 test last week. As a result, Pablo Mari and Rob Holding will probably start.
Nuno Tavares played at left-back in midweek, giving Kieran Tierney a rest after he struggled with cramp against Chelsea. Tierney should be available to come back in.
On the other side, Calum Chambers may return to the side after he performed well against West Brom. It’s a tight call between him, Cedric Soares, and Hector Bellerin at the moment, so it makes sense to pick the player in form.
Granit Xhaka is pretty certain to start, fresh from his recent new contract. Albert Sambi Lokonga will probably come back into the side whilst Thomas Partey remains absent.
Martin Odegaard surely has to have a place in the side after his performance against West Brom as well. That obviously makes it difficult for Emile Smith Rowe to feature in midfield, but it’s very possible the youngster starts out wide instead.
With a hat-trick and an assist in midweek, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will surely start up front.
There’s some competition though, with Alexandre Lacazette performing well in his cameo, Nicolas Pepe and Bukayo Saka both involved in goals as well, and Smith Rowe still to come back in.
Our prediction is that Lacazette and Pepe will be the unlucky pair to miss out on starts, with Saka, Odegaard and Smith Rowe backing up Aubameyang.