Arsenal have not had a very good record against Man City recently and most Gooners will be looking at this evening’s game with trepidation, but Unai Emery is trying to keep our players confident ahead of the trip to the Etihad. The one thing that Emery has been seriously lacking for his tactical formation is a winger, especially since Danny Welbeck suffered his season-ending injury, and there is now a very good chance we could see Denis Suarez take that position today.
Emery told us in his press conference that Suarez has already trained with the team, and went into detail about his plans for the Spaniard when asked if he could play. “We need every player to be OK and with the mentality to play on Sunday. We have maybe some injuries but we have other players who can play and help the team with their qualities, with the performances, with their condition. On Sunday, I am positive about the possibility of playing different players.
“I am thinking of all the players, and I will make my decision tomorrow, but if he starts I have confidence in him.
“He can play right, play left, inside like a 10 player, and I am going to use him in all the positions in the attacking third.
“He has character, big character, and he has the quality to play here. My relationship with him is… I usually did my relationship with the player first like a professional relationship, and second like a person. It is different when he is working. Now for me, the relationship with him is professional and sometimes can be personal.”
Inevitably, the boss was asked if Suarez’s arrival will make it even harder for Ozil to get into the team, and he replied: “It’s no change for him. [Suarez] is coming here because we have a lot of problems on the wing, we haven’t got players to play right or left – that is the reason.”
So now he is here, could we see a completely different formation to surprise Man City, with Suarez creating even more chances for our strikers. The question is; Who will he replace? Surely not Aubameyang?