Arsenal will look to build on from their win over West Ham and get something from the game against the champions Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday evening.
Freddie Ljungberg’s men won their first league game in two months at the London stadium on Monday, before making a spirited come back at Standard Liege in the Europa League, with a younger side.
Now, the aim would be to keep the momentum going, even though it won’t be easy against City, who will be looking to get back to winning ways after losing the Manchester derby last week.
In terms of team news, Kieran Tierney is out for the long-term after having his shoulder injury aggravated against West Ham. Hector Bellerin has failed a fitness test, while Nicolas Pepe seemed to have recovered from his niggle.
Granit Xhaka will miss this game due to concussion protocols, while Rob Holding’s knee issue hasn’t subsided yet.
Here’s how we think Ljungberg may pick his XI in this game:
GK - Bernd Leno
Leno is Arsenal’s first-choice keeper and should be in goal on Sunday. He would do extremely well to keep a clean sheet against City with a dodgy defence ahead of him.
RB - Ainsley Maitland-Niles
With Bellerin out, we could see Maitland-Niles starting at right-back, just as he did against West Ham. The youngster will have a tough game out against Raheem Sterling.
CB - Calum Chambers
Chambers did well on Monday, in a defence that hasn’t looked comfortable in any league game this season. He should continue to play there at the Emirates.
CB - Sokratis
Even though he is not comfortable with the ball at his feet, Sokratis is one of the better defenders off the ball in the Gunners team.
He should start against City as they aim to keep the champions down.
LB - Sead Kolasinac
With Tierney out for some time, Ljungberg doesn’t have much choice but to start Kolasinac at left-back for this game.
The Bosnian international needs to shore up his defensive work against the mighty Cityzens.
CM - Lucas Torreira
Torreira did very well in midfield against the Hammers on Monday. In Xhaka’s absence, he would be the leader in midfield to try and stop the likes of Kevin de Bruyne and co.
CM - Matteo Guendouzi
With Xhaka ruled out for this game, it is more than expected that Guendouzi would partner Torreira in central midfield.
RW - Nicolas Pepe
Pepe looked very good against West Ham, and his pace would be something Arsenal can use on the counter against a leaky City defence. Ljungberg has to start him.
CAM - Mesut Ozil
Ozil is now a regular starter in this team, pulling strings in midfield. The former Germany international has to sharpen up his off the ball game in order to impact against City.
LW - Gabriel Martinelli
Martinelli looked good on Monday and scored a good goal. He is a dangerous player on the ball and does a lot of good work tracking back as well.
The manager may well start him despite the enormity of the opponent.
ST - Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
The captain is this team’s leading scorer. He would be licking his lips going at a leaky Manchester City defence.