Arsenal Vs Manchester City Tactical Preview: Team News, Predicted Lineups, Key Men And Odds

Arsenal Vs Manchester City Tactical Preview (Man City players are celebrating in the photo)
Bernardo Silva of Manchester City celebrates with team mates (L - R) Raheem Sterling, Riyad Mahrez, Joao Cancelo after scoring their side's third goal during the Premier League match between Everton and Manchester City at Goodison Park on February 17, 2021 in Liverpool, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Arsenal will entertain Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday evening as both sides look to fight tooth and nail in search of the three points. The Gunners were held to a 1-1 draw by Benfica in midweek but did manage to secure a 4-2 win over Leeds United in their last Premier League outing.

Man City are flying high at the moment and will come into this game after picking up a 3-1 victory against Everton earlier this month which consolidated their position at the top of the league standings.

Talking Tactics

Mikel Arteta will probably stick with his favoured 4-2-3-1 formation and could be inclined to go with his strongest team for this game. The Spanish head coach will instruct his players to keep a good defensive shape at the back and launch some fast attacks on the counter.

Pep Guardiola will opt for a 4-3-3 formation and could incorporate Kevin De Bruyne back into his starting XI so that his side have enough creativity to curve open the Arsenal defence during the 90 minutes. The Man City boss will ask his men to dominate the battle and engineer some quality chances to score in the final third.

Team News

Arsenal

Kieran Tierney should be available for selection on Sunday. However, Thomas Partey is a slight concern for this game and is unlikely to be risked versus Man City.

Arsenal Predicted XI

Leno; Bellerin, Holding, Luiz, Tierney; Ceballos, Xhaka; Saka, Smith Rowe, Aubameyang; Lacazette

Arsenal Vs Manchester City Tactical Preview (Arsenal players are celebrating in the photo)
Pierre Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal celebrates with team mate Emile Smith Rowe after scoring their side’s fourth goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Leeds United at Emirates Stadium on February 14, 2021, in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Manchester City

Ilkay Gundogan will have to pass a late fitness test if he wants to feature in this match. Otherwise, Guardiola has no fresh injury concerns to cope with this weekend.

Manchester City Predicted XI

Ederson; Cancelo, Stones, Dias, Zinchenko; De Bruyne, Rodri, Gundogan; Mahrez, Sterling, Foden

Key Men

Arsenal

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will carry most of the goal-scoring workload for the Gunners in the attacking third after he bagged a hattrick versus the Whites in his last league start. Both Rob Holding and David Luiz will have to perform at their best collectively if they are to stop Man City from creating too many openings during the game.

Manchester City

All eyes will be on Kevin De Bruyne and how he performs on the field after his recent return from injury. We can expect Phil Foden and Riyad Marhez to cause all kinds of problems for the Arsenal defenders throughout the 90 minutes.

Odds

The Mancunian club are the heavy favourites to secure all three points at the English capital as they are priced at 12/25. The draw has been listed as 18/5, while the Gunners are 11/2 underdogs to pull off a win on Sunday.

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