Arsenal predicted lineup against Manchester City


Arsenal face another big test on Friday night when they travel north to take on Manchester City in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Arsenal beat Manchester United 3-2 in a thrilling Premier League game last weekend to stay within five points of City in the standings.

Mikel Arteta was previously assistant coach to Pep Guardiola at City. Which team might he choose to face his former mentor…?

Matt Turner

Matt Turner is Arsenal’s trophy goalkeeper/Katherine Iffel/Getty Images

GK: Matt Turner – Opportunities have already come for the American in the Europa League and FA Cup so far this season.

Right back: Takehiro Tomiyasu – He replaced Ben White at half time against Manchester United last weekend and could hold onto his place for this match.

Central defender: William Saliba – The Frenchman has been inspiring so far this season in an exciting ‘debut’ campaign with Arsenal. He missed the Oxford game but can start here.

CB: Rub Holdings – With Gabriel playing every minute in the Premier League this season, as well as the full Oxford game, resting at some point is important.

Left-back: Oleksandr Zinchenko – He was set to make his first appearance against Manchester City since his summer departure. Crucial for Arsenal since joining in the summer.

CM: Martin Odegaard – He’s been in great form in the Premier League since the start of October, which is impressive given the season has been paused for two months.

Name: Thomas Partey – Arsenal will need a devastating force in midfield if they are to prevent City from gaining a creative foothold.

Name: Granite Shaka – He’s become a vibrant, mature presence for Gunners and that will be an important set of attributes for this game.

RW: Leandro Trossard – He made his debut as a late substitute against Manchester United and could come from the start here as Arteta wants to rest Bukayo Saka.

Attacker: Eddie Nketiah – He has another five or six weeks before having to deal with competition from Gabriel Jesus. Right now, he’s making the most of his chance.

LW: Gabriele Martinelli – Perhaps this is too early and too huge to put Emile Smith Rowe in the starting lineup after only a few minutes off the bench since hip surgery.



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