Arsenal Team News, Starting XI Prediction vs Man City: Tierney, Bellerin, Xhaka


The Sunday matinee that sees Manchester City travel to Arsenal FC is probably the weekend’s headliner fixture in the Premier League, even though the match is not what exactly what it sounds like it would be on paper. It’s the only all big six clash this weekend, but this is not your father’s Arsenal.

It’s not even your older brother’s Arsenal. As for City, they’re pretty much eliminated from the league title race, so this isn’t a massive clash for them either. The visitors are heavily tipped to win, as they should be, given the current state of affairs at the Emirates. Interim manager Freddie Ljungberg has a few fitness issues to contend with for this one.

Defender and summer transfer window acquisition Kieran Tierney will miss out after dislocating his shoulder in the win over West Ham United on Monday night.

hector bellerin

It also might be too early for Hector Bellerin, who also got hurt on Monday night, suffering a less severe muscular injury during warm ups. Finally, disgraced former captain and midfielder Granit Xhaka is out after having sustained a concussion. So with some key players missing, here’s what we came up with for our first team prediction.

Arsenal FC starting XI Prediction vs Manchester City


    Ozil        Martinelli        Pepe

Torreira      Guendouzi

    Chambers     Luiz     Sokratis     Kolasinac


Manchester City at Arsenal FC FYIs

Manchester City team news, starting XI prediction: go to this link

Kickoff: Emirates Stadium, Sunday December 15th, 4:30pm

Google Result Probability: Manchester City win 68%, Draw 17%, Arsenal FC win 15%

Form Guide: Manchester City LWDWL  Arsenal FC WLDDL

Prediction: Manchester City 4, Arsenal 2

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  1. The players are being asked to do what they are incapable of doing. Torreria and Guendouzi cannot provide any kind of coverage for that shaky back line, it’s going to get very ugly. The front four will be made irrelevant again by the inability of the players to exercise any kind of control over the midfield.


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