Arsenal vs Manchester City: Predicted starting XI

Arsenal face Manchester City as the Premier League resumes today.

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The Gunners resume their premier league campaign today against the defending champions Manchester City away at the Etihad in a game that would see Mikel Arteta face his mentor, Pep Guardiola, for the first time as a head coach.

Arteta has a few tricky decisions to make regarding his starting XI, which is likely going to see a few notable omissions.


No surprises here!! Bernd Leno has proven time and again to be a fantastic goalkeeper. He will start in goal for the Gunners.


David Luiz has been a constant fixture in the defense since the appointment of Mikel Arteta. He is likely to retain his place in the starting XI.

Choosing his partner in defense will be a Major headache for Mikel Arteta as he has a plethora of options. The Spaniard will likely choose Pablo Mari, the on-loan defender from Flamengo. Shkodran Mustafi, Sokratis and Rob Holding will likely have to settle for a place on the bench.

Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin will partner the duo on the flanks. Cedric Soares, on-loan from Southampton, may start from the bench.


Arsenal have a limited number of fit midfielders in their ranks. The game would come too soon for Lucas Torreira, meaning Granit Xhaka and Dani Ceballos will start in the midfield.
Joe Willock has emerged as a contender to start as No.10 in front of Xhaka-Ceballos pivot. However, in a game of such magnitude against the defending champions, Arteta might start Mesut Ozil as the playmaker-in-chief for the Gunners at the Etihad.


Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah were in fine form against Charlton and Brentford. The latter was given the starting role in the games before the Coronavirus pandemic halted the season. However, Lacazette is likely to be in the starting XI for this game owing to his big-game experience and superior hold-up play.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would partner him from the left flank while Nicolas Pepe is likely to start as the right-winger ahead of the likes of Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka, who are likely to start from the bench.