Arsenal v Man City Confirmed Team News & Predicted XI for quarter final clash

Arsenal will play host to Manchester City this evening as we look to book a place in the semi-final of the Caribao Cup, but will do so without some key players.

Both Thomas Partey and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed the weekend’s 2-1 loss to Everton, and both remain sidelined with injury. The former is claimed to be working hard in hope of returning to full training in the near future, while the latter could well be back by the weekend as confirmed by Arsenal’s official website.

Gabriel Magalhaes also missed the clash at the weekend, but will be available to return tonight having completed his one-match ban, while Granit Xhaka remains suspended for the third of three fixtures after his red card against Burnley.

Apart from that, we should have a full squad of options available, including the likes of Gabriel Martinelli, Calum Chambers and Pablo Mari who have all featured sparingly since their return from long-term injuries.

Predicted XI:

Leno
Bellerin Mari Gabriel Tierney
Willock Elneny Saka
Nelson Lacazette Aubameyang

While it is hard to predict the manager’s thinking, especially after he revealed very little on his pre-match press conference, many fans will be hoping to see Folarin Balogun play some sort of role in the clash.

The fact that Laca (and Bellerin) started on the bench against Everton at the weekend tells me he is likely to start this evening however, but there should be room for Balogun on the bench.

I understand that a number of fans may also be keen to see more youngsters starting tonight, including Emile Smith Rowe also, but I think the manager will be worried about the challenge his side will face tonight.

Will the Spaniard take a risk on his youngsters who impressed in the Europa League? Or is there already too much pressure on his side after their run of results domestically?

Patrick

Tags Man City

13 Comments

  1. Trudeau says:

    I’d like to see Chambers given a go at DM tonight as Elneny is looking leggy since his positive covid result.

  2. Indeed says:

    For me, it doesn’t matter who we play in other positions, all that matters is who we play in the two midfield pivots. If we get it wrong in the centre then we will be beaten. For me, AMN must as a matter of urgency be drafted into the middle! That centre lacks drive, energy and athleticism. If AMN does not feature there, then we are lost. AMN + Cebalos + ESR in a 4-2-1-3 formation is my take.

  3. JAMES says:

    IF YOU ASK ME I WOULD BENCH THE SENIOUR PLAYERS AND PLAY THE JUNIOURS.

  4. Abdulmumini Adams says:

    see you unserious people, Aubamayang is injured, out of the aquad.

  5. Adamu hassan says:

    Arsenal vs man city 0-8 bye the great of god……

  6. Declan says:

    If you know Aubamayang is injured why have you predicted he will play?🤔. I’m hoping Martinelli gets some game time along with ESR and Balogun.

    1. Sue says:

      Me too 👍

  7. S.J says:

    Balogun.

    Martinelli. Smith-Rowe. Saka.

    Niles. Chambers.

    Tierney. Mari. Gabriel. Cedric.

    Leno.

    My preferred selection.

    1. Declan says:

      I like that line up SJ.

  8. Grandad says:

    I applaud your trust in our youngsters SJ but I cannot see Arteta playing two left footed centre backs in tandem.I do however expect Chambers to start the game at CB.

  9. Jacko says:

    Leno
    Amn holding gab kt
    Elneny willock cebellos
    Pepe laca m’nelli

    1. Perry ames says:

      It doesn’t really matter who plays tonight because the chances are we will get hammered. I know it sounds really defeatist but let’s be honest about it, we are absolute rubbish at the moment and the players are playing like they couldn’t care less just picking up their huge wages and obviously not even trying. So even though I hope we win logic tells me we will get well beaten tonight

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