Predicted Manchester City line-up to face Arsenal in the Premier League
Manchester City begin their defence of Premier League title with a tough away game against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. Pep Guardiola hasn’t got his full strength squad to choose the team from because of the players’ extended breaks after the World Cup. However, the Spaniard has enough quality players at his disposal to do the job.
New signing Riyad Mahrez should make the debut for the Cityzens. The Champions will need to make sure that they are up for a tough game against a pumped up Arsenal under Emery. They thrashed the Gunners when they visited North London last time but this time, things will be different, and Guardiola would know it.
Probable Manchester City XI
Manager: Pep Guardiola
The Brazilian was a sensation last season with incredible saves and calmness at the back for City. A sure starter.
Kyle Walker (RB)
Back from the World Cup, Walker would be expected to perform play through the inside channel on the right-hand side of the defence.
John Stones (CB)
Stones will be key for City this season after a decent World Cup run with his nation. The Englishman started the Community Shield game and should keep his place ahead of Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi.
Aymeric Laporte (CB)
The Frenchman took full part in the pre-season, so he could be the fittest available defender for the Cityzens.
Benjamin Mendy (LB)
Mendy will be focused on a revival on his mind after suffering a long-term injury last season. The Frenchman could be brilliant from that left-back position.
The vital cog in the Manchester City wheel, Fernandinho should start in the same position as last season, winning second balls to keep the attacks going and also stopping counter-attacks.
Ilkay Gundogan (LCM)
Gundogan could start in central midfield, with Kevin de Bruyne just coming back into first-team training.
Bernardo Silva (RCM)
The Portuguese started in central midfield against Chelsea and thrived. He should start in that position this Sunday and provide creativity from central areas.
Leroy Sane (LW)
Sane did not have a great game against Chelsea but he would have enough fire in his belly after the World Cup snub.
Sergio Aguero (ST)
Aguero warmed up to his task by scoring a brace last Sunday. The Argentine should start ahead of Jesus.
Riyad Mahrez (RW)
Mahrez could make his debut because Raheem Sterling is late to join the first-team training. This is the Algerian’s chance to shine and impress the manager.