Saturday, 13 September 2014

Arsenal Powerful Line-Up Against ManCity!

Mikel Arteta could make his return from injury for Arsenal against Manchester City (Picture: Getty Images)

Arsenal kick-off the return of Premier League football this weekend when they host Manchester City in the first fixture of the weekend.

While Arsenal struggled in 12.45pm kick-offs last season away from home, their record at the Emirates since the opening day defeat last season reads played 19, won 14, drawn five and lost zero.

So, as they look to defend their unbeaten home run in the league, how are they likely to line up?

Well, for once after an international break, Arsenal return with some welcome injury news.

David Ospina has finally returned to training after the injury sustained during the World Cup and while the Colombian is unlikely to replace Wojciech Szczesny in goal, he will likely take his place on the bench for the first time this season.

At the back Kieran Gibbs will return from his injury on time, something of a rarity at Arsenal, and while Nacho Monreal has done well in his absence he will no doubt drop to the bench to allow the English man back in the starting line-up. The back line will be completed by Mathieu Debuchy, Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny.

Mikel Arteta also returns on-time from injury and will probably replace Mathieu Flamini in front of the back line, while Aaron Ramsey faces a fitness test on what is being described as a minor ankle sprain. The Welsh midfielder picked up the knock during the Euro 2016 qualifier win in Andorra. Jack Wilshere will join him in the middle, if Ramsey is fit enough to play.

Santi Cazorla seems like he will be the one who will drop out of the side as Arsene Wenger looks to accommodate all his attacking players unless Ramsey doesn’t make the game. Danny Welbeck will more than likely make his Arsenal debut and will be hoping to continue his international form while Mesut Ozil, who has yet to lose a Premier League game at the Emirates, and Alexis Sanchez will complete the front three.

Arsenal, for a change, are able to field almost their strongest team when they face one of the top sides, something they have rarely been able to do in recent seasons. In fact, it could be argued, that even with the absence of Theo Walcott, the team that will face City on Saturday is indeed Wenger’s strongest starting line-up. There can be no excuses that they were unduly weakened.

Let’s hope they are able to keep the unbeaten run going and emulate the Community Shield final with another decent win over City. It will certainly be a tough game but they have more than enough in their locker to pull out a result and get back to winning ways in the league.

Metro UK

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