Arsenal vs Manchester City
Arsenal’s new spending power has this summer instilled a great optimism in the club’s fans that the success of winning the FA Cup can be built upon, so the arrival of Manchester City at Emirates Stadium will provide a glimpse into how realistic their expectations for this Premier League season are.
So far in the campaign Arsene Wenger’s side have struggled to impress too greatly and the 1-1 draw away at Leicester City last week was proof that things weren’t exactly clicking in attack and something new was needed, so the Gunners’ boss went out and bought Danny Welbeck from Manchester United.
The £16million forward scored both goals in England’s 2-0 victory over Switzerland on Monday, so will be full of confidence ahead of a game where he was expected to make his debut and he does, starting up front for his new side.
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Meanwhile, Manuel Pellegrini’s side saw two very different performances two weeks ago that left more than a few questions over whether they would be able to defend their Premier League title this season.
A comprehensive 3-1 defeat of Liverpool at Etihad Stadium was followed up with a dismal performance in a 1-0 loss at home to Stoke City, so the trip to Arsenal will be a good opportunity to regain some confidence.
However, they will have to do so without main man Yaya Toure, who has been left out, which means a first start for on loan summer signing, Chelsea legend Frank Lampard.
Here are the teams…
Szczesny, Debuchy, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Flamini, Wilshere, Ramsey, Alexis, Ozil, Welbeck.
Subs: Ospina, Chambers, Gibbs, Arteta, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Podolski.
Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany (C), Demichelis, Clichy, Fernandinho, Lampard, Navas, Silva, Milner, Aguero.
Subs: Caballero, Kolarov, Sagna, Mangala, Nasri, Sinclair, Dzeko.
Aaron Ramsey passed a fitness test after rolling his anjle playing for Wales in the week and stays in the side, but Mathieu Flamini retains his place in the side despite the return from injury of club captain Mikel Arteta – Kieran Gibbs also returned to full training this week, but Nacho Monreal retains his place.
Another Spaniard, Santi Cazorla, makes way for Welbeck’s debut and young French striker Yaya Sanogo, who started the Gunners’ last Premier League fixture, is not in the squad.
Pellegrini has taken the decision to rest Toure after playing for the Ivory Coast in the week, so as to avoid injury, and that means Lampard makes his debut.
Summer signing Fernando is out injured, but the Brazilian is replaced by his compatriot Fernandinho, who will play alongside the Chelsea legend in midfield.
James Milner is preferred to Samir Nasri in midfield, which could be to do with Manchester City’s manager looking to counteract against the pace Arsenal now have in attack with Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez.
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