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Wenger Makes 2 Changes: Predicted Arsenal Starting XI To Face Man City

Arsenal will be looking to push for the top four when they take on Manchester City on Sunday afternoon. Here is the side I think Arsene Wenger will select:

Aaron Ramsey

Arsenal will be looking to push for the top four when they take on Manchester City at the Etihad on Sunday afternoon. Here is the side Gooner Mac thinks Arsene Wenger will select:

Goalkeeper: It’s going to be interesting to see who Arsene goes with in goal. Wojciech Szczesny has been left out for the last two matches after his disappointing display against Southampton so David Ospina is favourite to continue between the sticks on Sunday.

Defence: The boss is going to be forced into making one change at the back as Mathieu Debuchy has been ruled out for three months after having surgery on a shoulder injury. Kieran Gibbs faces a late fitness test on a heel injury but even if he’s passed fit Wenger could stick Nacho Monreal after praising the Spaniard for his consistency today. Calum Chambers will be back from sickness but will have to make do with a place on the bench as Hector Bellerin is expected to start at right-back.

Midfield: Aaron Ramsey was back on the bench last week after a month out with a hamstring injury so the Welshman could get a recall to the starting eleven this weekend with Tomas Rosicky the man most likely to make way. Mathieu Flamini is also pushing for a recall but Francis Coquelin kept his place against Stoke last week so I wouldn’t be surprise to see him start again on Sunday, but Mikel Arteta has been ruled out for up to three months with an ankle injury.

Attack: Theo Walcott stepped up his comeback with another cameo off the bench last week but he’s still showing signs of being rusty so I think Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will continue on the right wing. Mesut Ozil played his first 15 minutes against Stoke after three months out but I also think it’s too soon for him to start so Santi Cazorla should continue in a central role. Alexis Sanchez will once again play off the left with Olivier Giroud starting up front as Danny Welbeck has been ruled out for another two weeks with a thigh problem.

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

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What do you think of the team and what eleven would you pick?

8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. veikko

    January 16, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    Arsenal must play rosisiky

  2. Phil C

    January 16, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    I agree with everything except Ramsey, who I’d leave on the bench and have Flamini alongside Coquelin to give a bit more protection to the back 4. Cazorla has been great in the centre and Bellerins pace down the right can cause them problems.

  3. Gilbert

    January 16, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    I totally agree with the predicted lineup..but ramsey should stay on the bench. I wish Monreal stays on the bench too. personaly like Wenger I will preffer David Ospina than shezny

  4. michel mutua

    January 16, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    that team cant beat Man city for sure unless Rosicky replaces Ramsey. Ramsey is too sluggish to play against City. Last season he played alongside Wilshere and City thumped us 6. Against City Arsenal needs fast thinkers

  5. Steve Mwani

    January 16, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    The first half hour will be vital for arsenal to win.It goes without saying that with rosisky starting arsenal will be more dominant in the midfield and the forwards will have more options running upfront forcing city on their defence

  6. dickson juma

    January 17, 2015 at 8:55 am

    Flame or R7 for Rambo the Gibbo for Nacho we can cause the headache throughout the game.

  7. Ovienria Gregory

    January 17, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    The predictions lineup is okay, but Ramsey should start from the bench, and Rosicky come in for Ramsey.

  8. amos kposowa

    January 17, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    arsenal will defeat city by two goals.

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