Will Freddie go with this Arsenal forward line to face Man City?

The forward line has to be sacrificed for the midfield.

It is only natural that Freddie Ljungberg would be tempted to go with the same front three that he selected against West Ham last Monday evening, however, I am of the opinion that he will go with a front two against Man City.

I have already covered the defence here and the midfield here and it is because I believe he will go with four in the midfield that he is forced to go with just the two upfront.

I suspect that Freddie will take a pragmatic approach against City and that the game will be decided in the middle of the park. Arsenal cannot allow City to gain total dominance in the midfield. If that happens then Pep Guardiola’s men will run riot.

The chances are that Gabriel Martinelli will be demoted to the subs bench and that Freddie will go with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe upfront.

Mesut Ozil will be the creative force from the midfield with Torreira, Guendouzi and Willock expected to battle it out with the City midfielders.

Against most other teams, especially at home, Freddie would most likely have gone with a front three but I just cannot see him doing that against City, it would be too fraught with risk.

Obviously Freddie could surprise us all and decide to be more attack-minded and take the attitude that Arsenal will outscore City. I just do not see that has a sensible proposition.

So. Aubameyang and Pepe in and Martinelli out. That is the forward line I expect Freddie to go with.


  1. gotanidea says:

    If Ljungberg wants to increase the number of midfielders, he could ditch the no 10 and keep the other three attackers

    Man City will play with three central midfielders, hence we should at least start with three as well. Some wide formations with three midfielders are 4-1-4-1/ 4-3-3 or 3-5-2

  2. Innit says:

    Ozil = “Creative Force”?

  3. Innit says:

    Our defence is easy pickings

    Sterling, De Silva, Bruyne, Aguero, Sane, Jesus will be salivating

  4. Twig says:

    ____Martinelli Lacazette Pepe
    ________Luiz Guendouzi
    Kolasinac Chambers Sokratis AMN

    1. GB says:

      I like your choice twig, very much.

  5. Odi says:

    Martinelli Lacazette Pepe
    Guendouzi Torriera
    Kolasinac Luiz Chambers AMN

  6. Gunnerphilic says:

    One thing is very important. What ever formation we choose to play, we must NEVER allow ourselves to be pulled out of shape at any time. Attack or defence, our discipline and organisation as a team must be impeccable. That way, City will come against it tomorrow.

    The boys must work their socks off for one another and keep their focus. That is something that City may find difficult to breach in 90 minutes. A lightening-quick counter attack, a razor-sharp incisive strike and the game is over for either side. So we need to watch out.

  7. Reggie says:

    For me i would go 352, just because of injuries.
    Luiz chambers Socrates
    Amn Torreira Gouendouzi willock kolas
    Pepe/Martinelli Aubameyang
    Not my first choice at all but legs in midfield and speed up top to catch city out with quick balls from back to front and catch city’s defence out. We need workers not shirkers tomorrow

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