Predicted Arsenal XI to play Manchester City - Arteta out, Podolski in!

Match to be played on Saturday 29th March 2014 at 17:30. Venue: Emirates Stadium, London.

Things don’t get any easier for the Gunners this weekend as they face a Manchester City side fresh off of beating Manchester United in the Manchester derby.

Arsene Wenger’s men will be looking to react after a 6-0 defeat to Chelsea last weekend was followed up with a frustrating draw against Swansea City at home earlier this week.

Arsene Wenger has one or two selection dilemmas to mull over but he can still name a strong side for this game.

GK – Wojciech Szczesny

Despite all the recent pressure to drop Szczesny, Wenger has stood by the Pole and he remains one of the best goalkeepers in the division.

RB – Bacary Sagna

If Sagna wants that long term contract with Arsenal then he needs to start playing out of his skin, emphasising his importance.

CB – Per Mertesacker

The big German hasn’t been producing his best form over the last couple of weeks but this is a chance for him to get switched back on and in the right frame of mind against a dangerous opponent.

CB – Thomas Vermaelen

With Laurent Koscielny out injured, Vermaelen will continue in defence. Every game is huge for the Belgian ahead of the World Cup.

LB – Kieran Gibbs

Gibbs’ pace on the counter attack will be important but he needs to do his basic defensive job well against ex-Gunner Samir Nasri, who will look to pull him out of position.

RM – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

The Ox should enjoy plenty of space on the right because David Silva won’t stay out wide. He could be Arsenal’s match winner.

DM – Mathieu Flamini

The Frenchman needs to focus on nothing else other than disrupting the way City’s attack move the ball around. When he wins the ball back, he just needs to move it on quickly.

CM – Tomas Rosicky

Rosicky needs to try and control the middle of the pitch. He’s out-powered by someone like Yaya Toure so he needs to find pockets of space where he can get on the ball.

AM – Santi Cazorla

Cazorla has struggled to fill the void created by Mesut Ozil’s absence. He just needs to play simple football, with Arsenal getting the ball to him as quickly as possible.

LM – Lukas Podolski

The German should return to the side down the left of the team. He needs to get forward frequently when he can to stop Olivier Giroud from becoming isolated up front.

ST – Olivier Giroud

He had a poor game against Swansea despite his goal. Wenger may show a little faith to him, warning him that if he doesn’t perform then Yaya Sanogo could be in the side for the rest of the season.

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