Torreira and Leno to start – Predicted 4-3-3 Arsenal XI to face Man City in the Premier League

Predicted Arsenal line-up to face Manchester City in the Premier League

Arsenal begin their new era under Unai Emery with the toughest assignment of facing record-breaking Premier League champions Manchester City. Even if the game is at home, when you face the best team in the country, venue doesn’t count at all.

Hence, the Gunners will need to be on their toes from the first whistle or Pep Guardiola’s men can steam-roll past them, just like last season. It will be interesting to see how Emery lines his team up for the game, knowing the fact that the defensive side of the game has to be right up there.

There is a concern for the Gunners in left-back position, with Sead Kolasinac and Nacho Monreal out injured. So, Ainsley Maitland-Niles shoukd start and would be put to test against the likes of Riyad Mahrez and/or Bernardo Silva.

Probable Arsenal XI

Manager: Unai Emery


Bernd Leno

Bernd Leno (GK)

A new recruit, the German should start ahead of Petr Cech in goal.

Hector Bellerin (RB)

Bellerin will offer attacking threat but he needs to check is forward movements because City counter-attack is really quick. He will be up against the pace of Leroy Sane, so good luck with that. However, the Spaniard is no slouch when it comes to foot-race.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos (CB)

Bought from Dortmund this summer to enhance the quality of the back-line, Sokratis will need to adapt quickly to the intensity and pace of the Premier League.

Skhodran Mustafi (CB)

He has been a susceptible cog in the Arsenal defensive wheel, so the German needs to up his game, especially when facing the Champions.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles (LB)

With Monreal and Kolasinac out, the youngster has to step up and perform well in order to be counted. It is his chance to claim the spot.

Lucas Torreira

Lucas Torreira (CDM)

Torreira has been bought to add defensive security in the midfield. The Uruguayan will provide the base for attacking players to go ahead and create chances.

Granit Xhaka (LCM)

Xhaka struggled last season playing in a defensive midfield role, so he will happy to have Torreira alongside him this season. The Swiss can now move forward and pick a pass.

Aaron Ramsey (RCM)

Ramsey has resumed training and should feature. His freedom to move forward just got doubled with the arrival of Torreira. But the Welshman needs to make sure he covers the ground well against the likes of Bernardo Silva, Ilkay Gundogan, etc.

Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil (RW)

Ozil has retired from international football, so he has the freedom to play club football without any international pressure. We can see the best of him this season.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (LW)

Aubameyang is expected to fire goals for Arsenal this season, and with the kind of pre-season form he showed, one can witness magic from the former Dortmund striker.

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Alexandre Lacazette (ST)

This is Lacazette’s second season at the Emirates stadium, so he needs to kick on and be the leader up front for the Gunners this season.

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  1. Didn’t City really “steam roll” Arsenal last season? Maybe, you should go back to watch the games, especially the reverse at the Emirates at which, but for some poor refereeing decisions (1 soft penalty; one offside goal), was a very even match up. I fully expect an Arsenal win on Sunday.

  2. you really think a 0-3 home loss to your rival is not a steam roll??? what poor decision, accept that defeat,then you will be ready to win on sunday..

  3. Well, the scoreline was wide, to be fair. I can accept that. In this game, when we speak of a steam rolling, we speak of one-sidedness, dominance and a complete collapse of the losing side. That wasn’t the case in that game, in my view. I speak more about the match-up as a contest; unfortunately, the score line flatters City and that’s what history will retain. Time to show a new mentality then.

  4. The city are a good team but not unbeatable, with a team of character like arsenal of new manager, lets see what the game look like in the first 24 mins amd watch out for new technic in.epl

  5. Aubameyang always plays with Mikhitaryan, they have played together for years. So no Lacazette, he will be an “energy sub”. If Ramsey is not ready, then it is conceivable Emery could go with Lacazette instead.

    Even more sure is that Cech will start. Leno has never played against MCFC and never played in Premier League and never played with Arsenal’s defenders. Emery is not a foolish and emotional Arsenal fan, so Cech will start. Notice Cech was made a captain today, and Leno not. Leno will be brought in gradually. Cech was excellent in pre-season stopping two penalties.

    BTW, the Arsenal-MCFC game a little over a year ago was a 2-2 draw.

  6. Foool,,,, have not learned anything from last season??????
    Arsenal conceded over 50 goals in league. While most people were quick to blame the defense, the real culprits were Xhaka and Ramsey,,, one can’t tackle and the won’t…. If you think the inclusion of Torrera will fix the problems of playing the two worst midfield players in any of top 7 clubs in the premier league,,, Think again

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