Manchester City v Arsenal – Predicted line-up and Score Prediction

Arsenal travel to the Etihad Stadium tomorrow to take on Manchester City, in what could have a huge effect on the race for the top-four.

The Sky Blues come into the match on the back of a disappointing Champions League semi-final match, where they failed to bring any sort of game to Real Madrid on Wednesday. City will have to pick themselves up quickly with the risk of dropping out of the top-four a realistic possibility.

We sit third in the English top division, three points above our rivals in fourth place, and a win would seal our place within the top three. A loss on the other hand would drop us into fourth place, and give Manchester United a chance of leap-frogging us into the Champions League places.

Our opponents will also have to manage without their captain Vincent Kompany for the crucial match-up, having limped out of their loss in midweek. Other key first-team players David Silva, Pablo Zabaleta and Aleksandr Kolarov are also ruled out of the encounter, which could also play into our hands.

We will be without Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Per Mertesacker, but are able to call upon the services of the returning Santi Cazorla, who made it through an hour of football earlier in the week.

Predicted staring XI:

Bellerin   Gabriel   Koscielny   Monreal
Coquelin  Elneny
Iwobi        Ozil       Sanchez

I honestly don’t think I’m being over-biased in thinking that Manchester City are going to come into this with low morale, although our recent form has hardly been inspiring. I would take a 1-1 draw leaving us in need of only one point from the game with Aston Villa to confirm our CL place, but my head keeps telling me we will add to their woes and snatch a 2-1 win.

Am I the only one thinking positively about our chances at the Etihad?

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    1. The writer keeps putting Sanches on the left who can’t kick with his left, and Awobi hasn’t played right side, I thinks he doesnt know the positions of players CB

    2. Iwobi should start, he’s more fluent with the ball. Defensively Joel is better but we may be starting with two DMs. Iwobi has added a bit of something to our strike force, whereas Joel does look like a winger.

  1. I wouldn’t be surprised if we pick up all the 3 pts, we do it when it doesn’t count much but when there is an opportunity of something massive. we bottle it no matter the opposition. so naive!!

    1. I’m going to be honest and admit I’m past the point of caring, whether we finish 3rd or 5th, I don’t care since there’s no use for us competing in the CL with the lack of quality in our squad and the low ambition our board and manager have shown.

      1. I don’t see the point in getting into the champions league just to finish 2nd in group stage but i do believe that if the kind of luck city had by losing on 2 occasions to Juve yet still finishing 1st and their run in towards the semis i would be ecstatic and for good reason.

  2. If I will take a draw, I will prefer 0-0 scoreline as I want Cech to win the Golden glove….

    But ideally,I want us to win 2-0..its possible again if we are disciplined…

    I also support the inclusion of Campbell ahead of Iwobi..

  3. If Wenger were to coach Leicester city for their remaining two games, i wont be surprised if he finds a way and they end up in fourth place..he always find a way for that

  4. We struggle against teams like Palace and Norwich at the Emirates and all of a sudden people start to believe that our bottlers can beat City away from home? ? ?
    what!… just because they lost, at Real Madrid ???

    I wouldn’t be surprised if they put 4 past us, whilst our boy’s keep failing to hit the target.

  5. That line in wenger’s mind is incomplete,remove le coq and welbeck for his favourites Ramsey and Giroud.

  6. With Wenger, its been 12 years of recycled excuses. With Ranieri, its been 9 months of EPL trophy. Arsene Wenger goes a fishing, he is happy he caught nothing.

    1. Excuses for what? Building the Emirates? Going unbeaten for a season? Winning more trophies than any other Arsenal boss? Keeping us in top four against all odds? Yeah I bet he should start rolling out excuses for that lot…

      1. Arsenal FC is not the only club to have built a new stadium. A child that was born the last time Arsenal FC won the EPL would be called a teenager next year. that is a long time. this is 2016. we can’t continue to live in the past. Ancelloti has won the UCL 3 times, Mou won it 2 times. these Men still lost their jobs at some point. Wenger did not single handedly build the stadium. He was not the civil Engineer, neither was he the Project Manager, nor the Architect that designed the Emirates. He was the Manager of the team and stayed thru these years. What is the essence of our top four all these years when we have not won the Champions League. Liverpool, Chelsea, Man United, Bayern, Barcelona, Madrid, AC Milan have all won it. these are elite clubs. I hope you know we have not gone past the second round in the past 6 years. We can’t continue to console ourselves based on what happened 12 years ago. Top 4 finish is no achievement. May United may not make top four this season, but they have achieved more than us. it is going to be tougher next season. Wenger should take responsibility for his arrogance and naivety for not signing a DM and Striker at the beginning of the season by resigning. Wenger out, Bilic in. It is not rocket science to figure that out.

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