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Arsenal v Manchester City; Saka and Martinelli together?

By Bulldog Drummond

Way back in Arsenal’s first season in the top division, in this current 101 year run, the Christmas fixture list read

Date Game Res Score Competition
20 Dec 1919 Arsenal v Sheffield Wednesday W 3-1 League Division One
25 Dec 1919 Derby County v Arsenal L 2-1 League Division One
26 Dec 1919 Arsenal v Derby County W 1-0 League Division One
27 Dec 1919 Sheffield Wednesday v Arsenal W 1-2 League Division One

Four games in seven days including three in a row.   Of course we don’t do things like that any more, but even so, four games in ten days is still getting a bit ludicrous.

13 Dec 2020 Arsenal v Burnley L 0-1 Premier League
16 Dec 2020 Arsenal v Southampton D 1-1 Premier League
19 Dec 2020 Everton v Arsenal L 2-1 Premier League
22 Dec 2020 Arsenal v Manchester City League Cup

Manchester City are of course the current champions of the League Cup having just won it three times in a row and seven times overall – one fewer than Liverpool.

Their recent run is nothing like ours but it is still worth noting with just two goals in the last three games.  But while we haven’t won in the last three they haven’t lost.

12 Dec 2020 Manchester United v Manchester City D 0-0 Premier League
15 Dec 2020 Manchester City v West Bromwich Albion D 1-1 Premier League
19 Dec 2020 Southampton v Manchester City W 0-1 Premier League

For their last Champions League game they were able to put out a variation on their Premier League side, so I suspect we shall see a variation once again for this match with Arsenal giving a chance to some of the Europa League squad, while the PL team have a rest to lick their wounds.

Comparing Manchester City away from home with Arsenal at home we see a contrast that not only reflects the fact that home teams are doing considerably worse than away teams this season, but also the fact that Arsenal are doing considerably worse than Manchester City generally.

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
7 Manchester City away 7 3 3 1 7 5 2 12
16 Arsenal home 7 2 1 4 6 10 -4 7

We have just four players unavailable for this game, details from physioroom as ever…

Reason Further Detail Potential Return Return date?
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Calf/Shin/Heel Injury Dec 21: “Auba is feeling much better. He will have another scan and we will see how quickly we can get him back in the team.” 26/12/2020
Granit Xhaka Suspended Sending Off – Red Card 26/12/2020
Gabriel dos Santos Magalhaes Suspended Sending Off – Two Yellow Cards 22/12/2020
Thomas Partey Thigh Injury Dec 11: “Thomas will be out for a few games. It is the same area where he got injured previously, we will have to see how long it is going to take to heal.” No Return Date

So all things considered this looks a very tough call for our Europa squad against Manchester City’s second XI.

But if Mr Arteta does choose to put out the Europa squad for this game then it really will give us a chance to see how good they are against serious opposition.  True they won every game in the Europa group stage, and that has rarely been achieved by Arsenal, but even so, Manchester City’s back up squad looks formidable.

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Our earlier games in the League Cup came at a time when hopes were very high indeed, having seen Arsenal carry off the FA Cup a short while before, as starting the new season (that is with the Community Shield) Arsenal went through seven games with just one defeat – that being the away match with Liverpool.  The other six were won, including our two League Cup matches.   0-2 away to Leicester and 4-5 on penalties away to Liverpool after a goalless draw.

Now for that Liverpool game Arsenal put out this team…

Bernd Leno

Cédric Soares   Gabriel   Rob Holding   Sead Kolašinac

Bukayo Saka   Dani Ceballos   Joe Willock   Granit Xhaka

Nicolas Pépé   Eddie Nketiah   Bukayo Saka

 

This time it is just possible we could see Saka and Martinelli play in the team – which would certainly make it worth watching, no matter what the result.

3 comments to Arsenal v Manchester City; Saka and Martinelli together?

  • Richie

    Drop any player causing problems and give the youngsters a go. At least they seem to care.

  • Samuel Akinsola Adebosin

    Yes, Arsenal can beat Man City in tonight’s Carabao Cup match that will take place at the Emirates Stadiun. And I think the Gunners team for the match which should mostly comprised of the Arsenal youth players, but if Mikel Arteta agrees can do the job successfully if they are given the chance to do it.

    This is because Cup game is the area of their speciality where they’ve excelled this season as they played in the Europa League Cup competition. If the Arsenal youth Gunners team that was blended with a few senior team Gunners succeeded in the Europa so far this season, why wouldn’t the same Arsenal youth blended with some of their senior players succeed in beating Man City tonight in the Carabao Cup semi-final matcb by knocking them out even if it on penalty shoot out like they did to Liverpool last time out.

    Since some of the Arsenal youth players are known for their playing exquisite football that has won Cup games for Arsenal this season, Mikel Arteta should keep his faith in them to start and play most of them in the Man City match who have been playing regularly in the Europa this season and winning.

    My preferred Arsenal starting XI team and bench vs Man City are as per below.

    Starts:
    Leno;
    Soares Mari Luiz Tierney;
    AMN Elneny Willock;
    Saka Nketiah Martinelli;

    Bench:
    Runarsson Bellerin Mustafi Holding Cebbalos ESR Balogun.

  • Samuel Akinsola Adebosin

    Yes, Arsenal can beat Man City in tonight’s Carabao Cup match that will take place at the Emirates Stadiun. And I think the Gunners team for the match which should mostly comprised of the Arsenal youth players, but if Mikel Arteta agrees can do the job successfully if they are given the chance to do it.

    This is because Cup game is the area of their speciality where they’ve excelled this season as they played in the Europa League Cup competition. If the Arsenal youth Gunners team that was blended with a few senior team Gunners succeeded in the Europa so far this season, why wouldn’t the same Arsenal youth blended with some of their senior players succeed in beating Man City tonight in the Carabao Cup quarterfinal matcb by knocking them out even if it’s on penalty shoot out like they did to Liverpool last time out.

    Since some of the Arsenal youth players are known for their playing exquisite football that has won Cup games for Arsenal this season, Mikel Arteta should keep his faith in them to start and play most of them in the Man City match who have been playing regularly in the Europa this season and winning.

    My preferred Arsenal starting XI team and bench vs Man City are as per below.

    Starts:
    Leno;
    Soares Mari Luiz Tierney;
    AMN Elneny Willock;
    Saka Nketiah Martinelli;

    Bench:
    Runarsson Bellerin Mustafi Holding Cebbalos ESR Balogun.