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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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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