Man City v Arsenal Confirmed Team News & Predicted Line-up as we chase first points of 21-22

Arsenal have enjoyed a positive turn in fortunes on the injury front of late, and could potentially make the trip to Manchester City without just four players.

The Gunners are confirmed to be without Thomas Partey, Eddie Nketiah and Gabriel Magalhaes, with the latter having played his first 45 minutes of football with the Arsenal Under-23 side yesterday as he works on his recovery from injury.

Ben White remains unlikely to feature this weekend however as reported by, although he will continue to be assessed ahead of kick-off, and he looks likely to be the fourth absentee this afternoon.

That means that we are expecting to welcome back all of Hector Bellerin, Kieran Tierney, Willian and Alex Runarsson, with Bukayo Saka also said to be available despite picking up a knock in midweek.

Predicted Arsenal XI:

Cedric Holding Mari Tierney
Lokonga Xhaka
Pepe Smith Rowe Saka

Assuming Bukayo isn’t deemed a risk to play the entire 90 minutes after his knock, I expect Lacazette to remain on the bench, and while I expect Cedric to get the nod today, his participation is less certain also.

This team should put in a strong showing, with our front-line having enjoyed a confidence-boosting victory in midweek, and they can hopefully continue that going into today’s trip to the Etihad.

What would be your favoured line-up given the names available?


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  1. The lineup should include odeegard
    Chambers holding mari tavarez
    Lokonga elneny
    Pepe odeegard aubameyang
    While rowe saka xhaka martinelli William niles balogun bellerine soares Tierney kolasinac Aaron, All start from the bench

  2. If we play 4-2-3-1 we will get stuffed. We need 3 at the back with 4 or even 5 in midfield, that’s including the 2 wingbacks. This is not a game for expansive gung ho attack (not that we see much of that these days) we have to dig in and win ugly if necessary. The result is far more important than the performance in my opinion.

  3. Odegaard, Saka, Pepe, Xhaka, Tavares and Kolasinac must start

    Mari would likely be slower than Man City’s forwards, Tierney will only produce wasteful long crosses again and Smith-Rowe can’t always make diagonal passes to the left side

    1. They will play: Ramsdale, Chambers,holding,mari,tavarez,xhaka,elneny,pepe,odegaard,saka, aubameyang.As sub there must be Smith Rowe, lacazette,Tierney,kolasinc, Leno

  4. We will see..what team is selected and what team turn up (or don’t).

    Let’s see the strategy and implementation of MAs footballing brain.

    Good luck to all in a AFC shirt although I fear the gulf in class, quality and experience will show.

    A team with Mari, Xhaka and sulk boy Auba running down the teams spine does not excite or instill great confidence in me for this game or any other.

    Thanks Stan

  5. I think from attacks laca shouldn’t be left cos of his phisic then Holding along side teveres .

  6. alex lac, odegard n tavares must really be included in the starting 11 if we want to come back with something

  7. My predicted lineup:

    Chambers holding kolasinac

    Cedric. Sambi. Xhaka. Tavares

    Saka. Aubameyang. Pepe

  8. If we park against City we will conceded more goals, The only way we can get those three points is put a strong lineup and play attacking ball that can give city defenders panic.

  9. 3-4-3 formation will sink man city

    Auba Laca Pepe

    Tavares Xhaka Lokonga Cedric

    Tierney Gabriel Holding


  10. Mine is ramsdale kolasinac. Holding.chambers.belerin lokonga xhaka smith rowe odegaard saka lacazete.

  11. All ineed I to start Aaron in the stopper ,have no trust for leno now days ,then mari shouldn’t be included, lokongo and tavares ,ordegard, pepe, saka,Smith,tierany Robe,lac,be included

  12. Arteta whats up . The lineup should include 4 2 3 1:
    Ramsdale,bellerin, holding, Mari,tavaries or tierany,xhaka, eleney, Pepe,odegaard, saka, auba or laca
    I hope arteta use this formation…..

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