Arteta makes 2 changes, Cedric makes debut: Arsenal’s predicted XI to face Man City – opinion

Wednesday evening represents a massive occasion for Mikel Arteta, as it will be the first time that he has faced Manchester City as a manager.

The Spaniard worked alongside Pep Guardiola from 2016 right up until 2019, acting as his assistant manager, but left to take the main job at the Emirates.

Considering he will be coming up against the man who will have had an integral role in his development as a managerial figure, Arteta will likely be keen to prove himself.

Aside from personal pride, Arsenal are currently five points behind fifth-placed Manchester United, so the 37-year-old will feel that a result is needed to maintain any hopes of a high finish.

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FFC has predicted the XI that Arteta may use in order to get a result against City, including two changes from the 1-0 win against West Ham United.

Arsenal PXI to face Man City - Arteta makes 2 changes, Cedric makes debut: Arsenal's predicted XI to face Man City - opinion

The backline remains largely the same as the one that kept a clean sheet against the Hammers, starting with Bernd Leno staying between the sticks.

Bukayo Saka, Pablo Mari and David Luiz also remain in their respective places in the Gunners’ defence, while Sokratis Papastathopoulos comes out of the team.

Ahead of the game, Arteta was quoted by Arsenal’s official website as saying: “I think [Cedric Soares and Shkodran Mustafi] will be available to play. Hopefully, everybody will be available to train tomorrow [Tuesday] and we’ll pick the squad with the best players we can.”

With Sokratis having been played out of position against the Hammers, Arteta may be tempted to put the Portuguese full-back into the side instead of him.

Dani Ceballos was lauded by fans for his performance on the weekend, so he keeps his place at the base of Arteta’s midfield alongside Granit Xhaka.

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil and Nicolas Pepe also stay in the team, operating as the three behind the main striker.

Eddie Nketiah was slated by fans for his performance against West Ham and he comes out of the team for Alexandre Lacazette, after the Frenchman recorded two goals and an assist in his last two substitute appearances.

Meanwhile, Arsenal fans have been debating about their transfer target.

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