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PREVIEW: Manchester City vs Arsenal – 05/11/17

Manchester City vs Arsenal

Date: Sunday 5th November

K.O: 14:15pm

Venue: The Etihad

TV: Sky Sports Main Event

Manchester City face their toughest home fixture of the season so far as Arsenal visit the Etihad on Sunday.

City have no fresh injuries but could look to rotate their squad, as Kyle Walker, David Silva and Gabriel Jesus push for recalls after playing little or no role in Napoli on Wednesday.

Arsenal will definitely rotate their team after their Europa League draw with Red Star Belgrade, their second string side failed to impress and few can expect to start against the in-form blues.

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Arsene Wenger’s dilemma is likely to revolve around tactics rather than injury, as he must choose whether to play an expansive attacking lineup and risk stability, or to play a patient counter oriented eleven.

Pep Guardiola continues to have the Midas touch this season, his side’s 4-2 win against a very in-form Napoli showcasing his side’s resilience as well as attacking potency.

That victory exhibited everything about this season so far for City; Kevin De Bruyne running the show, goals from everywhere on the pitch and an occasional defensive lapse.

In Arsenal, they face a team who are nothing if not inconsistent. With a front three of Lacazette, Ozil and Sanchez, they possess an attacking force capable of unlocking any defence in the world.

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What has hindered them has not been ability, but application. Ozil continues to baffle fans with displays suggesting he’d rather be anywhere but on the pitch, while Lacazette is still to hit the ground running and Sanchez is still not 100% after injury.

It remains to be seen whether Wenger will start all three on Sunday, but whoever does play will need to be at their best if the Gunners are to claim anything from this game. Last week’s goalscorer Sead Kolasinac will also be fit.

Predicted lineups:

Man City: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Delph, Fernandinho, D Bruyne, D Silva, Sterling, Aguero, Jesus

Arsenal: Cech, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal, Bellerin, Ramsey, Xhaka, Kolasinac, Ozil, Sanchez, Lacazette

Predicted Score: Manchester City 1 Arsenal 0

Written by Sam Hanys.

Sam Hanys

A miserable Ipswich Town fan.

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Premier League Table

# Team MP W D L P
1 Manchester City 38 29 6 3 93
2 Liverpool 38 28 8 2 92
3 Chelsea 38 21 11 6 74
4 Tottenham Hotspur 38 22 5 11 71
5 Arsenal 38 22 3 13 69
6 Manchester United 38 16 10 12 58
7 West Ham United 38 16 8 14 56
8 Leicester City 38 14 10 14 52
9 Brighton & Hov… 38 12 15 11 51
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 38 15 6 17 51
11 Newcastle United 38 13 10 15 49
12 Crystal Palace 38 11 15 12 48
13 Brentford 38 13 7 18 46
14 Aston Villa 38 13 6 19 45
15 Southampton 38 9 13 16 40
16 Everton 38 11 6 21 39
17 Leeds United 38 9 11 18 38
18 Burnley 38 7 14 17 35
19 Watford 38 6 5 27 23
20 Norwich City 38 5 7 26 22

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