Mikel Arteta & co. will be trip to the Etihad Stadium to face reigning Premier champions Manchester City in the game-week three of the season on Saturday afternoon.
The Gunners had started their Premier league campaign in a disappointing way after 2-0 defeats to both Brentford and Chelsea, with leave Mikel Arteta’s side sitting 19 position on league standings.
But mid-week 6-0 at West Brom in the Carabao Cup, could boosting Mikel Arteta’s men confidence ahead of mouthwatering clash against Man City, who returned to winning ways last weekend with a thumping victory over Norwich City, coming a week after an opening day defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.
Aubameyang, who battle with match fitness in the Arsenal last two league games, showcased impressive display against the Baggies on Wednesday evening, by netted hat-rick with additional of one assist.
The Gabon forward’s fabulous display in the mid-week could be huge boost for Mikel Arteta’s men while retuned of Alexandre Lacazette and Kieran Tierney, Hector Bellerin and Bukayo Saka available for selection can help the Gunners getting their first point at Etihad on Saturday evening.
Lacazette, who missed the club’s last two games after contacted with Covid-19, came off the bench against the Baggies and netted in 6-0 win over the Championships side at The Hawthorns stadium on Wednesday evening.
Hector Bellerin, Kieran Tierney, and Bukayo Saka, who are battle with some injuries problems in recent days, returned to training and they are available for trip to Etihad but Thomas Partey, Eddie Nketiah, Willian and Ben White are totally rule out the action against Manchester City due to their respectively injuries problem.
Moving on to predicted starting lineup, Mikel Arteta is likely to make some changes to the side that started last routine, with Albert Sambi Lokonga, Bernd Leno, Cedric Soares and Emile Smith-Rowe likely to get start against the Premier League champions.
Despite Aaron Ramsdale kept a clean sheet on his Arsenal start in mid-week, Bernd Leno is expected to return to goalpost for Arsenal when lock horns with City while the Englishman could be back-up option for Mikel Arteta.
As for the defensive unit, Pablo Mari and Rob Holding should for the centre-back pairing, since Gabriel Magalheas continues to work his back from a knee injury while Ben White remains isolation due to contracted with Covid-19.
Kieran Tierney, who sustained injury scare against Chelsea, and missed mid-week match against the Baggies, fit enough to feature at left-back while Cedric Soares could come in for Calum Chambers at the right-back position.
As for the middle of the park, Granit Xhaka appears a definite starter in midfield, while Sambi Lokonga, could come in for Mohamed Elneny, who was given a run-out in mid-week.
The Egyptian alongside Ainsley Maitland-Niles could be other options for Mikel Arteta, since Thomas Partey is not expected to return from his ankle problem before the international break.
Martin Odegaard could slot into his preferred number 10 role. He could be flanked by Emile-Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka, who could start on the right wing where he is most effective.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who was shone in midweek at West Brom, by netted hat-rick with additional of one assist, could lead the line against the City.
Alexandre Lacazette, Nicolas Pepe, Gabriel Martinelli are others option for Mikel Arteta, to be use in the second half of the game.
Arsenal possible starting lineup: Leno; Cedric, Holding, Mari, Tierney; Xhaka, Lokonga; Saka, Odegaard, Smith Rowe; Aubameyang
Where is the match being played? at the Etihad stadium.
When is kick off? Saturday 28 August, at 12:30PM
Where to watch Man City vs Arsenal
TV channel: The match will be televised on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event.
Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the website or Sky Go app.