This home game for Arsenal against Manchester City is a huge one for so many reasons, not least the fact that anything less than all three points today would leave the Gunners way off the pace in the fight for the top four and still lagging behind Manchester United back in sixth place.
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Arsene Wenger and the players are all under pressure to get this right but they also know that a win would significantly change the modd around the club, even if it would not change the view of most Gonners on the managerial situation.
A win over Pep Guardiola’s team today would get the EPL season back on some sort of track but also give us a psychological advantage when it comes to the semi-final of the FA cup against the same side later this month. So the boss will be glad to be able to name a strong starting XI, with Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.
Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal
Walcott, Ozil, Welbeck
Subs: Gibbs, Gabriel, Giroud, Iwobi, Martinez, Elneny, Maitland-Niles.
There is plenty of pace in that Arsenal attack and I like the balance of having Xhaka and Coquelin as well as Ozil in midfield, so now our manager has done his bit, can the Arsenal players do theirs?