Match to be played on Saturday 13th September 2014 at 12:45. Venue: Emirates Stadium, London.
Arsene Wenger handed Arsenal a major boost earlier today when he confirmed that Aaron Ramsey’s ankle problem isn’t serious.
The Welshman has been one of the most consistent players in the Premier League over the past year but he’s still facing a race against time to be fit against Manchester City this weekend.
Here’s the team Arsene Wenger could go with for the huge match.
GK – Wojciech Szczesny
The Pole is a very solid all round goalkeeper and will give the back four plenty of confidence.
RB – Mathieu Debuchy
Debuchy has done a great job since he arrived at the club. He had a good international break and should be looking to carry that momentum forward.
CB – Per Mertesacker
He’ll be fresh having retired from international football. Adds valuable experience at the back for big games like this.
CB – Laurent Koscielny
The Frenchman has some extra pace and a great understanding with Mertesacker, which will make Arsenal difficult to break down.
LB – Nacho Monreal
Wenger has confirmed Kieran Gibbs is back to full fitness but he lacks match fitness, which means Monreal should continue.
RM – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
The Ox is a great player to have on the right hand side for this game. He has bags of pace which could be the difference.
CM – Mathieu Flamini
The Frenchman could be the man who sits in front of the back four with Mikel Arteta lacking match fitness.
CM – Santi Cazorla
Expect Cazorla to take up a central midfield position if Ramsey doesn’t make it. He’s more than capable of controlling the game.
CM – Mesut Ozil
Ozil is at his very best when he’s in a central position and can dictate things in attack. Arsenal need to get him on the ball frequently.
LM – Alexis Sanchez
Sanchez could be reverted to a position on the left hand side, where he played frequently throughout his Barcelona career. Pace and control of possession guaranteed.
ST – Danny Welbeck
Wenger refused to comment on whether he’d start Welbeck at his pre-match press conference but considering his form for England, it would be a surprise if he doesn’t let him off the leash.