Arsenal vs Manchester City Preview and Prediction:
|Start Date||1st March 2018 – 19:45 GMT|
Arsenal and Manchester city meet for the second time in 5 days as Arsene Wenger seems to avenge a humbling EFL Cup final defeat in opposition to Pep Guardiola’s premier League title favourites.
the two sides clashed at Wembley on Sunday, however Arsenal came off 2nd best as Vincent Kompany inspired city to a 3-0 victory to seal Guardiola’s first trophy in English football.
The Gunners need to forget their cup sadness quick and flip their attentions back to the premier League, with their top-four hopes hanging by a thread.
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Henrikh Mkhitaryan was cup-tied for Sunday’s League Cup final defeat to Manchester city however will return to start at the Emirates here.
Aaron Ramsey recovered from injury to start in the 3-0 defeat at Wembley, but Alexandre Lacazette and Santi Cazorla are still sidelined for the hosts.
Nacho Monreal picked up an injury in Sunday’s loss and will miss out for the Gunners here, that means Sead Kolasinac could make a unprecedented start.
Petr Cech will return between the sticks, while Mohamed Elneny might also push for a start on Thursday.
Pep Guardiola will make some adjustments to the side that beat Arsenal 3-0 in the League Cup final on Sunday.
Fernandinho suffered a hamstring injury at Wembley and will almost certainly miss out here, leaving city with a problem in defensive midfield.
John Stones and Aymeric Laporte will push for a start after only making the bench at the weekend, while Fabian Delph will begin here after missing the final through suspension.
Gabriel Jesus featured in opposition to Arsenal from the bench after almost two months out with a knee damage.
Raheem Sterling missed the cup victory with a hamstring injury and remains a doubt for city’s second clash with Arsenal in a matter of days.
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Expected Lineups Of Arsenal vs Manchester City
Arsenal possible starting lineup:
Cech; Kolasinac, Mustafi, Koscielny, Bellerin; Wilshere, Elneny, Wilshere; Ozil, Aubameyang, Mkhitaryan
Manchester City possible starting lineup:
Ederson; Walker, Stones, Laporte, Delph; De Bruyne, Gundogan, Silva; Silva, Aguero, Sterling