Arsenal vs Manchester City: Preview, Preferred Team & Predicted Score
Arsenal take on potential title contenders Manchester City at the Emirates this wednesday. City are already rumoured to have started their winter “gift” shopping as the transfer window has opened. These 2 clubs are so different in the way they approach football, that the clash is not only a clash of football teams but also a clash of policies and values.
Here are the last 5 games between the sides:
24/04-10 Premier League Arsenal vs. Man City 0:0
04/04-09 Premier League Arsenal vs. Man City 2:0
25/08-07 Premier League Arsenal vs. Man City 1:0
17/04-07 Premier League Arsenal vs. Man City 3:1
22/10-05 Premier League Arsenal vs. Man City 1:0
Arsenal have picked up 13 out of a possible 15 points against City, however this is the new ‘City’ we are facing and its not going to be easy. I make decisions and I stand up for them. At the end of the day I personally believe that we’ve done extremely well at Wigan, it was a very physical game and the players who have played have done extremely well and I have exactly the same confidence in all the players who are in the squad.
When you look at the team who played at Wigan, it’s a fantastic team and I feel proud and lucky to have so many good players. At the moment my problem is not the players who play, it’s the players who don’t play because of that quality. I will rotate and I could choose that team exactly who played at Wigan, it could play as well against Manchester City, that’s the way it is.
Tommy-V, Almunia, Diaby and frimpong are still out, defender Kieran Gibbs has returned to full training, but will not feature.
Subs: Szczesny, Eboue, SQ18, Denilson, Theo, Nikko, Chamakh
I have a feeling that Le boss is going to start with this squad. If i was in his shoes, I’d go with the same squad as the one against Birmingham (5 days rest is quite good). Arshavin did really play well the last time we faced City, and since he was brought on last week, he has a high probability to start. I do expect RVP to start ahead of Chamakh, and if need be the Moroccan can be brought on later. Now I know he said that he may go with the exact squad against Wigan, but I highly doubt that…
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