The Gunners are back to form after a midweek win against Cardiff City and the fact that Bournemouth beat Chelsea a few days back meant that the North London club were back in the top four, although the Stamford Bridge reclaimed that spot with a win yesterday.
Taking that momentum forward, they will be coming up against the defending Premier League champions in Manchester City.
It will be interesting to see the way in which manager Unai Emery sets his side to combat City. What makes matters worse is the injuries that have affected the Arsenal squad and this is particularly felt in the defensive end.
Let us see how Emery will combat this. The predicted lineup would be in a 4-3-1-2 formation.
Arsenal will continue with the German Bernd Leno in goal as he has been a consistent performer all season.
For the right back, it is most likely going to be Carl Jenkinson who will be given the nod. Given the fact that Ainsley Maitland-Niles is not fully fit, means that the Englishman will have the chance to prove himself.
In the center of defense where there are problems for the Gunners, the duo of Shkodran Mustafi and Nacho Monreal are likely to get a start. Monreal has the experience of playing in the middle of defense so that should be acting in his favor. On the left-hand side, it will be another start for Sead Kolasinac.
The midfield adds some element of mystery as to what Unai Emery will want to do. Players that are likely to start the game are Granit Xhaka, Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi.
Xhaka was rested in the match against Cardiff and should be fit and ready to go for City. Torreira and Guendouzi will play alongside him and protect the defense and help the attack as well.
It is the fourth midfielder that we are not quite sure as to who will be given the nod. There could be a surprise start for Denis Suarez, the new loan signing from Barcelona but the more likely option would be Aaron Ramsey.
Here, the case is much simpler and the two options that the Gunners are going to make use of are Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.
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