Arsenal will be aiming to keep their winning form in the league going when they face defending champions Manchester City at the Etihad this Sunday.
The Gunners weren’t at their best but got the win against Cardiff City to sneak into the top-four after Chelsea’s heavy defeat at Bournemouth.
The game this weekend won’t be easy as Unai Emery’s men will face one of the best teams in Europe at their own den.
Arsenal signed Denis Suarez on the deadline day to boost their midfield options and it remains to be seen whether the manager hands him the start on Sunday itself.
Coming to injury updates, Laurent Koscielny and Henrikh Mkhitaryan trained normally and will be in contention for this game. Ainsley-Maitland Niles won’t be able to make the cut, while Sokratis may take two to three weeks before coming back to full training.
Here’s how we think Emery might line his team up on Sunday:
GK: Bernd Leno
He is the team’s first-choice keeper and must be at his best on Sunday.
RB: Carl Jenkinson
He did well after coming on as a substitute against Cardiff. With Arsenal short on options, Jenkinson could start at right-back.
CB: Skhodran Mustafi
The German will have to be at his very best against a very good Manchester City attack.
CB: Laurent Koscielny
As revealed by the manager, the Frenchman is training normally. Hence, we expect him to start on Sunday.
LB: Nacho Monreal
Sead Kolasinac is very good when it comes to moving forward from the left-back position, but he is suspect defensively. With that in mind, Monreal could come in at left-back.
CDM: Granit Xhaka
He was benched for the game against Cardiff, however, we expect the Swiss star to return to the line-up on Sunday.
CM: Lucas Torreira
The Uruguayan has been one of the best signings this season and is likely to start in the middle of the park.
CM: Mateo Guendouzi
The youngster has defied age for most parts of this season and keeps putting in good performances in midfield. He will be tested against the league’s best midfield on Sunday.
CAM: Denis Suarez
The new signing is predicted to get a start, probably for an hour or so. His versatility means he can ply his trade as an attacking midfielder, working in between the lines. He can also play out wide.
ST: Alexandre Lacazette
The Frenchman scored a fantastic solo goal against Cardiff. The Arsenal fans will be hoping for more of the same this Sunday.
ST: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
He is one of the in-form strikers in the division. City defenders will be scared of his movements and finishing ability.