Arsenal team to face Man City – the media and blogs predicted lineups

Arsenal team to face Man City – only one area causes disagreement.

It has to be said that Freddie Ljungberg has surprised a little with his team selections. He certainly surprised many with his positive team against West Ham. Will he surprise again today?

This is a snapshot of what the media are predicting and unexpectedly, there is general agreement.

The Express

Leno, Maitland-Niles, Chambers, Luiz, Kolasinac, Guendouzi, Torreira, Pepe, Ozil, Martinelli, Aubameyang

The Guardian

Leno, Kolasinac, Chambers, Sokratis, Bellerin, Guendouzi, Torreira, Pepe, Ozil, Martinelli, Aubameyang


Leno, Chambers, Luiz, Sokratis, Kolasinac; Torreira, Guendouzi, Pepe, Ozil; Martinelli, Aubameyang.


Leno, Maitland-Niles, Chambers, Sokratis, Kolasinac, Torreira, Guendouzi, Pepe, Ozil, Martinelli, Aubameyang

Arsenal Station

Leno, Kolasinac, Chambers, Sokratis, Maitland-Niles, Guendouzi, Torreira, Pepe, Ozil, Martinelli, Aubameyang

Defence seems to be the only area that there is disagreement, some are predicting that David Luiz will play, some that Bellerin will play while others are saying Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

There is unanimity with regrades to the midfield and forward line with every one of the outlets listed above going with Guendouzi, Torreira, Pepe, Ozil, Martinelli and Aubameyang.

That seems very positive and yet very risky, it leaves the midfield terribly exposed in my opinion.

For comparison purposes, you can check out what I think Freddie Ljungberg will go with in the following areas,



  1. The news are far more interested in how China are pulling this game from their schedules just because of what ozil said on social media. Which also rules us out of selling him to a Chinese club. Wouldn’t be surprised if we finally dump him unceremoniously.

    1. Not to get too political, but China consistently uses economic penalties to substitute for an inability to impose their censorship beyond their own borders. Principles over money, for me.

  2. If this isnt Ozil, majority of arsenal fans ( Ozil haters) would not object to it. Free Ozil. Everybody has a freedom of speech.

  3. Who cares what China does.. Nansense!!!.. Ozil may not be a good player again but on this I agree with him. The world is full of hypocrites, supporting gay and pay lip service to cruelty

  4. Ozil has meddled with Arsenal’s business model. China are not showing AFC games and are instead going to show the Tott game today, there’s a lot of money in China, sure what do you think all the pre season trips do be about, and teams signing unknown Chinese players, because they know there’s money in it either way. He should have voiced his concerns an other way, backed some group with his wallet as well as his best wishes, and let them do the speaking. He speaks now as an Arsenal player with how he went about it, he also has a big influence within fan bases. Muslims all over the world are committing some dreadful acts themselves.

    There’s no place for religion, belief in a higher power, yes, that is a possibility, but no man or woman on the face of this earth, will have any insight whatsoever, when it comes to answers on that higher power.

    1. What the “Shirt Selling Genius” said about China oppressing the Muslim minority is respectable.
      No one on this earth should ever be oppressed for who they are, what they believe.
      If anyone has a big megaphone that they can use to point out such issues in the world then i say “Well done”.

      Money influence should not always be the Be and End all when it comes to human liberty.

      And i also think religion / higher power worship is Fairytale for Adults, but that does not mean oppressing anyone who wants to believe in it.

      Do whatever you like as long as you don’t infringe on others.

    2. With all respect, I don’t think you have the faintest idea what Ozil was talking about. China have essentially colonised a region and are forcing its population to give up their religion and personal freedom and declare loyalty to the state. They have separated parents and children, put the former in prison camps, otrturing and killing many, and put the latter (many of whom have been made orphans) in boarding schools where they start each day singing songs about Mao and Xi. It is a police state where nobody except state officials are allowed in or out and a modern-day gulag. If you believe that the finances of the sports team you support are more important than the human rights of a minority race in an autocratic police state, then you need to have a good long look in the mirror. I’m giving you the benefit of the doubt, though, and assume you just don’t follow the news. Vice has a good documentary on the topic if you want to learn more.

  5. Choose any defenders. Makes no difference who we choose. Without Bellerin, Holding and Tierney are defence is horrible




  6. OT,

    Wolves may be down @ the break to
    Spuds but what a fantastic half of
    entertaining futbol by the home side.
    Jota and Traore have been marauding
    down the flanks and sans a
    wonderstrike by Lucas M, Nunos side
    IMHO have been the better squad.

    Is Nuno the man?

  7. One thing that’s sure to happen in this game:
    1. One of Sokratis, Luiz and Niles will commit an error leading to a goal.
    2. Gendouzi would as usual hold onto the ball for too long many times.
    3. The Leno, defence and midfield will recycle the ball amongst themselves, make errors and invite pressure while attackers are starved of service.
    4. Ljumberg will be reactive rather than proactive with his substitutions.
    5. Ozil will shy away from contests.

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