Arsenal FC Starting XI Prediction at Manchester City

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Outside of Chelsea, who had a very exciting transfer window, this January was an absolute snooze fest of inactivity. A rare exception was the Arsenal FC acquisition of Denis Suarez, who could be set for a debut after moving to north London on loan from Barcelona. He was the only player acquired this past window by any big six club that doesn’t reside at Stamford Bridge. 

Could he feature Sunday in the weekend’s headliner clash at Manchester City? “He started to train yesterday and today with the group. I think he is good, he adapts quickly and he is a player with quality,” Arsenal boss Unai Emery said at his news conference today.

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Arsenal at Man City Injury Report: Ederson, Bravo, Mendy, Koscielny, Bellerin, Sokratis

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The Premier League weekend’s headliner fixture sees fourth place Arsenal visit second place Manchester City, in match-up of the fourth place team visiting the side that is second in the table. Pep Guardiola’s team shockingly lost at lower table Newcastle United in midweek, and with Liverpool drawing against Leicester City, fell another another point off the pace of the league lead.

Let’s see how they respond on Sunday. Here’s the injury and fitness situation for both sides in this blockbuster match.

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Arsenal FC Officially Acquire Denis Suarez on Loan from FC Barcelona

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It’s official- Arsenal have acquired FC Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez on loan; meaning he’ll be reunited with his former manager at Sevilla, Unai Emery, for at least the rest of the season. Arsenal’s securing a deal for the 25-year-old Spaniard comes on the second to last day of the January transfer window.

As we move into the final hours of the transfer window, it appears that the north London side’s other major target, Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic, will not be coming over to the Emirates. As part of the deal to go on loan, Suarez also extended his contract with Barcelona.

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Amidst Arsenal FC Links, Ivan Perisic Requests Transfer from Inter Milan

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It remains to be seen whether the potential deal which would send Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic on loan to Arsenal will actually be realized this January transfer window, but Sunday brought news conveying that the wheels are very much in motion. Inter Milan general manager Beppe Marotta confirmed that Perisic has handed in a formal transfer request.

“We’ve listened to the player, who has expressed his desire to leave, but we need to make sure it makes sense from an economic point of view and no such offer has yet arrived,” Marotta said in an interview with Sky Sport Italia, “but there are a few days left.”

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Arsenal FC Working on Acquiring Ivan Perisic from Inter Milan on Loan

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According to the BBC, Arsenal are looking to acquire two players, both via loan, before the January transfer window closes next Thursday. While they certainly have an injury crisis at the back to contend with right now, they are not currently really being linked to any defenders.

Instead it’s Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez and Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic that are the north London side’s top targets. And with reports circulating that the Gunners are closing in on Perisic, Milan boss Luciano Spalletti has made remarks that have opened the door to this deal likely getting done.

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Man United 3, Arsenal 1 News and Notes: Koscielny, Sokratis, Lukaku, Lingard

Manchester United moved on to the FA Cup fifth round today by besting Arsenal at their home ground and in the competition that they have excelled in the most recently. United emerged triumphant 3-1 at the first FA Cup meeting between the two teams at the Emirates Stadium.

Although this was not a Premier League fixture, the result could conceivably have tremendous consequence on the race for top four in the league. On one side, United made it eight wins from eight games under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. On the other side, Arsenal saw their injury crisis in defense take an ever sharper turn for the worse. Let’s run through the major takeaways from this result.

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Paul Pogba is Team Captain Material Says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

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With Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young out, Paul Pogba captained Manchester United in their season opening win over Leicester City. The Frenchman would go on to wear the captain’s armband nine times this season while Jose Mourinho was in charge. However, it wasn’t long before Mourinho made it publicly known that the midfielder was no longer vice-captain, all the while claiming that no issue/tension existed between the two men.

Well, not many people believed the manager when he made these claims, and when a completely match fit Paul Pogba was inexplicably benched during the Portugese’s final three matches in charge, the narrative that the two men were at odds with one another only became more strongly reinforced.

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Solskjaer Says Alexis Sanchez Will Be Motivated By Boos When Facing Former Team

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A year ago at this time, Alexis Sanchez was completing his transfer from Arsenal to Manchester United, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan going the other way. As the Chilean was finalizing his move, he posted a video of his boarding a private jet to leave the club with Robert Tepper’s “No Easy Way Out” (from the “Rocky IV” soundtrack) playing in the background as a story on his Instagram account.

The song choice conveyed the tension that surrounded both the end of his time with the Gunners and his exit from the club. Tomorrow night sees Sanchez returning to the Emirates for the first time since the switch, and it’s very likely the boo birds will be out for him.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Not Surprised by Eric Bailly to Arsenal Transfer Speculation

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer didn’t exactly dismiss the transfer narratives linking his central defender Eric Bailly with a move to Arsenal. Of course, he didn’t exactly imply that a sale was imminent either.

“I’m not surprised if they do, put it that way,” Solskjaer said at his news conference today, ahead of the two sides clashing in the FA Cup fourth round tomorrow night. “It’s just one of those things. It’s just speculation and it’s not a big surprise.”

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Man United News: Giggs, Beckham, Class of ’92, FA Cup Preview, Power Rankings

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Friday night sees Manchester United travel to Arsenal for the weekend’s headliner fixture- a fourth round FA Cup clash. So there’s a whole lot to talk about. Let’s dive right in with today’s edition of Man United news and notes and transfer talk.

Here’s what’s buzzing in the Arsenal cyberspace on this Wednesday. We start with the latest on the Class of ’92 and their ownership of Salford City FC. The club currently resides in the fifth tier of English football, but they have been promoted three times since being run by Ryan Giggs, Phil Neville, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes, and Gary Neville. Now David Beckham has joined in meaning that now the entire class is onboard.

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Arsenal FC News: Aaron Ramsey, Denis Suarez, FA Cup Preview, Power Rankings

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Friday night sees Arsenal FC host Manchester United in the weekend’s headliner fixture- a fourth round FA Cup clash. We’re also in the last days of the January transfer window, so there’s a whole lot to talk about on that front too. Let’s dive right in with today’s edition of Arsenal news, notes and transfer talk.

We start with forgotten midfielder Aaron Ramsey, who is reportedly set to join Juventus in the summer once the season is over.

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Arsenal FC Starting XI Prediction vs Man United (FA Cup 4th Round)

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Manchester United at Arsenal is without a doubt the blockbuster match-up of the FA Cup fourth round, and the standout game of the weekend in English football. It’s a grand old fixture as the two sides have met 228 times previously. Like all great rivalries it’s very balance. United have emerged victorious 89 times in the series while Arsenal have claimed 82 victories.

The last meeting was a Premier League fixture at Old Trafford in early December which ended in a 2-2 draw. Arsenal have won 12 of their last 13 FA Cup matches against fellow top flight teams. The last loss came against Watford in 2015-16.

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