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What will the result be?

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  1. Arsenal win

  2. Draw

  3. Manchester City win

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  1. Rex Banter

    Rex Banter Got Swerved By Gallas Trusted



    So it’s Master vs Apprentice round three. It currently stands at 1-1 with a quarter final in the Caraboa Cup to follow before the end of 2020.

    Both teams come into this off contrasting runs of form, although we lost to Liverpool we’ve won all our other games in the league as well as exacting revenge in the Caraboa Cup.

    City meanwhile recently conceded 5 at home to Leicester and drew away at Leeds. They’ve been hit hard by injuries and Covid and for once haven’t gone mad in the transfer market.

    Although they’ve spent big on Ruben Dias -who should feature against us - Ferran Torres and Nathan Ake, their last few match day squads have looked light.

    Both Aguero and Jesus should miss out against us which means Sterling notwithstanding his severe case of International Breakitis will start up front for them.

    With Cancelo, Gundogan and Garcia all doubts as well there’s probably not going to be a better time to play City this year.

    For us it’s very hard to predict how Arteta will line up. With Thomas Partey finally joining us the question is whether Arteta feels comfortable enough switching to a back 4 for one of the toughest games in the PL when we won’t have much of the ball.

    I think he’ll go with a back 5 one last time and look to set up more aggressively in the EL and against Leicester.

    This is my predicted line up:


    Hard to predict the middle of the park but it seems Arteta has looked for more defensive balance recently by partnering Elneny rather than Xhaka with Ceballos to let Dani support the strikers so that may well continue with Thomas.

    Wouldn’t be surprised to see any combo in that midfield involving the four though. AMN hasn’t offered as much as Saka for me recently so that could be another one to keep an eye on.

    Also Pepe after his game changing substitute appearance against Sheffield Utd deserves a start and Nketiah has struggled a bit in recent weeks.

    Maybe time to move Aubameyang up front and let Pepe push on along side him from the right.
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  2. Manberg

    Manberg Predator

    I would be surprised to see Thomas starting. When he returns from internationals he will have 2 or 3 days training with the team. Is that enough time to get familiar with tactics and enable him to start so soon? I could be wrong but I don’t see it happening.
  3. American_Gooner

    American_Gooner Not actually American. Unless Di Marzio says so. Moderator

    Özil started in similar circumstances when he first joined.
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  4. Furious

    Furious Emery Gone, Telly Back On

    He's tailor made for this game tbh. Absolutely has to start.
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  5. Makavelii

    Makavelii Well-Known Member

    Great initial post summarising this. I’m hyped.
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  6. razörist

    razörist Soft With The Ladies, Hard With The Mes

    David Luiz never starts on the right of a 3.
  7. gkoat

    gkoat Well-Known Member

    I'm not certain, but they have more players on international duty than us, correct? Our players not on their national team are still working w Arteta correct?
  8. HairSprayGooners

    HairSprayGooners Al Jazeera Correspondent

    Partey will be familiar with the tactics needed for this game, should start.
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  9. tap-in

    tap-in Nothing Wrong With Me

    That's where he played vs Sheffield. Gabriel has to start, so does Tierney, so if Luiz plays he's RCB.

    Edit: I AM WRONG ;)
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  10. TromsoGooner

    TromsoGooner Well-Known Member

    We didn`t play with a back 3 against Sheffield
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  11. SingmeasongSong

    SingmeasongSong Rarely Right

    I freakin' hate those meaningless international games..
  12. Riou

    Riou Non-Stop Nostalgia

    ...God, they were so **** before a country bought them :rofl:
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  13. tap-in

    tap-in Nothing Wrong With Me

    Good point! :lol:
  14. Sapient Hawk

    Sapient Hawk The Reason We're Out of Europe

    1-0 to the Arsenal courtesy of a Gabriel bullet header in the 87th minute to have Pep start circling the drain.
  15. Breezy

    Breezy Well-Known Member

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  16. razörist

    razörist Soft With The Ladies, Hard With The Mes

    Don’t know why you even try...
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  17. Riou

    Riou Non-Stop Nostalgia

    Did we not play 3 at the back last weekend...what formation was it then?

    DUFFMAN Well-Known Member

    Tierney out.
  19. HairSprayGooners

    HairSprayGooners Al Jazeera Correspondent

  20. Manberg

    Manberg Predator

    Kolasinac in
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