Partey To Debut, Lacazette return – Predicted Arsenal lineup against Manchester City

Thomas Partey is set to make his first appearances in Gunners shirt while Alexandre Lacazette is expected to return against Manchester City at the Etihad on Saturday evening.

The Gunners will hope to consolidate their place inside the top-four when they take on Manchester City at the Etihad on Saturday evening.

And, Mikel Arteta has greeted a mix of good and bad news ahead of his side’s latest fixture, while the big talking point remains the potential debut of Thomas Partey, who only arrived in England on Tuesday after featuring twice for Ghana in the last week.

The likes of Calum Chambers, Shkodran Mustafi, Pablo Mari and Gabriel Martinelli are all still on the sidelines, but the good news is that each of the players has stepped up their rehabilitation, with Martinelli returning to the field to do some light work.

However, Arteta could also be handed a huge boost, with Kieran Tierney reportedly now available.

Kieran Tierney has been self-isolating after Scotland team-mate Stuart Armstrong tested positive for coronavirus.

But The Telegraph claim evidence has been provided that the left-back did not get closer than 2.8m to Stuart Armstrong.

Tierney could therefore slot on the left flank, partnering David Luiz and Gabriel Magalhaes in the three-man central defensive unit. Bernd Leno is the obvious choice in goal while Hector Bellerin will be the wing-backs for Arsenal.

Up ahead in midfield, the big question has been whether Thomas Partey would make his debut for the Gunners against Manchester City.

And according to head coach Mikel Arteta revealed that the 27-year-old is availability for the game.

Considering he featured extensively for Atletico Madrid before sealing the move to north London club, it is likely that Partey will be sharp enough to be thrown into the deep end when Manchester City host the Gunners on Saturday. Partnering him in the middle of the park alongside Granit Xhaka and Dani Ceballos.

Finally, in attack, the first-choice trio of Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe should reunite.

Lacazette will lead the line while Pepe and Arsenal captain Aubameyang will be the two wide men against Manchester City.

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