Arsenal v Man City
Barclays Premier League
Kick off: Sept 13th, 2014 12.45 PM BST
The Gunners host Manchester City at Emirates Stadium this Saturday for the lunchtime kick-off, and will do so with the help of some returned first team players.
At the back Laurent Koscielny and Kieran Gibbs are deemed fit, while the Frenchman will slot seamlessly back into the lineup the same cannot be said about Gibbs. Nacho Monreal has done enough recently to convince he should get the nod.
Further forward, Aaron Ramsey was the latest midfield worry after an ankle scare while playing with Wales on Tuesday night, however Wenger believes he should be fine and faced a test on Thursday. Hopefully the midfield maestro is fine, otherwise Jack Wilshere will be in line to start. Not a bad solution but not quite the first choice option either.
Mikel Arteta looks set to return to the lineup after rolling his ankle a few weeks back, meaning Mathieu Flamini drops to the bench. Although the Flame has done okay in the Spaniard’s absence, Arteta’s consistency in the tackle and more accurate distribution will be favoured by Wenger. Formation-wise we will probably see last season’s double holding pair of Ramsey and Arteta that has been so effective in the past, we need the extra cover in the engine room especially with City’s physical midfielders.
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Mesut Ozil’s own ankle problem (Revenge of the Ankles much?) kept him out of Germany’s two matches despite traveling with the squad. He trained on Wednesday however and is deemed fit to play.
Alexis Sanchez is an automatic starter, probably out wide with Santi Cazorla on the opposite flank, leaving Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as probable substitutes later on in the tie.
New signing Danny Welbeck looks possible to start up front after his double for England however the fact that he will only get a day to train with his new side may hamper his chances. The other solution is Yaya Sanogo (unlikely after his troubles against Leicester) or Alexis through the middle. Welbeck seems the more likely, we need to embed him into the side as quickly as possible. If not, probably Alexis spearheading with The Ox on the right wing is the other probable alternative.
Here is our predicted lineup:
Debuchy Mertesacker Koscielny Monreal
Ramsey Arteta (c)
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