Key Man Passed Fit To Start: Predicted Man City XI vs Arsenal

By on April 21, 2017

Manchester City will look to book their place in the final of the FA Cup when they take on Arsenal at Wembley on Sunday afternoon.

Here is the side I think Pep Guardiola will select for the game:

Goalkeeper: Claudio Bravo has kept goal for City’s last two Premier League games and has been selected in the previous three rounds of the FA Cup so I think we’ll see him keep his place ahead of Willy Caballero on Sunday.

Defence: City have been boosted by the return to fitness of Vincent Kompany and the Belgian international came through the full ninety minutes during last weekend’s 3-0 win at Southampton so the skipper is likely to keep his place against Arsenal.

John Stones has been ruled out due to a muscle injury so Nicolas Otamendi is expected to partner Kompany while Gael Clichy should retain his place at left-back ahead of Alexandre Kolarov.

Jesus Navas seems to have found himself a new position at right-back and did well up against Alexis Sanchez in the league game earlier this month so I think we’ll see him keeping his place on Sunday.

Midfield: Guardiola went with Yaya Toure alongside Fernandinho in the middle of the park last weekend and it worked well so the City boss may stick with it up against a dangerous Arsenal attack.

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Attack: City have been boosted by the news that Kevin De Bruyne has shaken off a knock and is fit to face the Gunners on Sunday. The Belgian star will keep his place in attack with Raheem Sterling having to make do with a place on the bench.

Gabriel Jesus has returned to full training and Guardiola confirmed at his press conference earlier today that the Brazilian could be in the squad but a place on the bench is the best he can realistically hope for after several weeks out with a knee injury.

Therefore, Sergio Aguero should once again lead the line up front with David Silva and the ever-impressive Leroy Sane offering support in attack.

Here is how I think we’ll see City line-up:

CHECK OUT OUR PREDICTED ARSENAL XI HERE

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