Premier League Week 3 – Saturday 28 August 2021 – Etihad Stadium
Arsenal Match Preview
The midweek rout of West Brom feels like it came at just the right moment, even if the opposition weren’t up to much. Arsenal scored six goals and welcomed back Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to the squad while Martin Odegaard and Aaron Ramsdale made their debuts for the club in a very one-sided match. Auba managed a hattrick with Bukayo Saka, Nicolas Pepe and Laca scoring a goal apiece to ensure our progress to the third round of the Carabao Cup.
It was surprising to see Sead Kolasinac in the starting XI on Wednesday, especially as he was expected to be joining Fenerbahce, but he may yet make the squad for this weekends match, given the injury crisis. Attention now turns to Man City but Arsenal are still without Thomas Partey, Ben White, Willian, Eddie Nketiah, Hector Bellerin and Gabriel, which could result in a reshuffle at the back. Pablo Mari was woefully out of his depth in the games against Brentford and Chelsea and that could mean he’s dropped to the bench. Callum Chambers and Rob Holding could fill in at centre-back with Cedric Soares coming back in at right-back. Kieran Tierney is 50-50 but might yet recover to play at left-back while Granit Xhaka and Sambi Lokonga will hopefully retain their spots in midfield. Martin Odegaard got a good run out against West Brom and he could be favoured to start behind Aubameyang while Saka and Emile Smith Rowe could play out in the wide positions.
Probable Arsenal lineup:
4-2-3-1: Leno; Soares, Chambers, Holding, Tierney; Lokonga, Xhaka; Saka, Smith Rowe, Odegaard; Aubameyang
Partey (ankle), Nketiah (ankle), Magalhães (knee), Rúnarsson (Covid), Bellerin (doubtful), Willian (Covid), White (Covid)
Probable Manchester City lineup:
4-3-3: Ederson; Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo; Silva, Rodri, Gundogan; Mahrez, Steling, Grealish.
Foden, De Bruyne