Arsenal predicted the line-up against Manchester City

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A well-informed Arsenal welcomes Manchester City to the Emirates for their opening match for the new year on Saturday.

On top of a wave driven by five straight victories in all competitions (Mikel Arteta’s longest race), Arsenal have scored four or more goals in their last three matches for the first time since September 1991.

That streak may not be extended given that the Gunners only managed one shot in their final 90 minutes against Saturday’s opponents.

Here, XI Arteta can put in an effort to at least improve his previous outing against City, if not continue his fine run.

? Passed

? The end

? The celebration

? @ KieranTierney1 pic.twitter.com/JgEzlfrSV5

– Arsenal (@Arsenal) December 27, 2021

Aaron Ramsdale (GK) – Only Manchester City’s Ederson has kept more zero in the Premier League than Arsenal’s undisputed number one this season (nine).

Ben White (RB) – Forced wider in the absence of all the senior right-backs from Arsenal, White blew his way through the competition against Norwich but may well have more defensive work to the side at the opposite end of the table.

Rob Holding (CB) – One of the less used members of Arsenal’s ‘leadership team’ is ready to make a second straight Premier League start for the first time since August – his later match that month was a 5-0 loss to City.

Gabriel Magalhaes (CB) – Aside from the misery of traveling to the Etihad at the start of the season, Arsenal have conceded nine goals in the three league matches that Gabriel has missed – almost 40% of their season is halfway through the campaign.

Kieran Tierney (LB) – As a goal scorer in Arsenal’s first match in 2021, the effervescent shot did not find the net in a Premier League match until the last match of the year.

? “Martin has an enormous quality and capacity to unlock situations and put players through to create open spaces in tight spaces.”

? Mikel about Martin Odegaard’s qualities

? Read what the boss had to say here?

– Arsenal (@Arsenal) 28 December 2021

Thomas Partey (CM) – The delay in the release of players on the way to the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations has given Arteta the opportunity to post the acquisition of 50 million pounds that he actively and individually tried to recruit 18 months ago.

Granit Xhaka (CM) – The divisive midfielder lasted just under half an hour in Arsenal’s previous meeting with City. But his performances – in unusually advanced positions – in recent weeks are worlds away from the showing of red cards in August (which Arteta still felt was worth a pat on the back, bizarrely enough).

Martin Odegaard (AM) – Norway’s team captain has had six goals in his last six Premier League matches (three goals and as many assists), two more than he could get during his first 25 appearances in England’s highest league.

? Working speed

? @LacazetteAlex pic.twitter.com/KASUb0fTJp

– Arsenal (@Arsenal) December 27, 2021

Bukayo Saka (RW) – While enjoying the form of his young life, no player has been able to touch Arsenal’s exuberant 20-year-old lately; Saka even avoided Xhaka’s playful attempt to start his backside during the celebration of his second goal against Norwich.

Alexandre Lacazette (ST) – Although he is the only 30-plus player among the team’s regular starters, the stand-in skipper exerts more pressure (successful or not) per 90 than his whipper-snapper teammates.

Gabriel Martinelli (LW) – With four goals from six shots on goal this semester, Martinelli’s clinical finish has helped Arsenal exceed their expected goals (xG) by the second largest margin in the Premier League this season (per FBref).

You can read the entire 90mins preview of the match here. You can read a predicted lineup for Man City here.

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