Wenger will select Vermaelen at centre-half with Koscielny injured…
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Here’s the side we predict Arsene Wenger will select to start for Arsenal against Manchester City this evening at the Emirates.
GK) Wojciech Szczesny
The Pole was a virtual bystander against Swansea last time out but still managed to concede two goals. It’s unlikely he’ll have so little to do against a rampant Manchester City…
DR) Bacary Sagna
The Frenchman’s contract is nearing its expiration, but is one of the first names on the team sheet. He can expect a tough afternoon against Samir Nasri on City’s left, who will be facing his former club.
DC) Per Mertesacker
With regular partner Laurent Koscielny injured, Mertesacker will be charged with marshalling the defence – even though his club captain will be playing alongside him!
DC) Thomas Vermaelen
The Belgian skipper struggled versus Swansea, and let Wilfried Bony get a free header for their opener. He’ll need to step up his performance though, with Arsenal fans becoming increasingly concerned that Everton could catch them and finish fourth.
DL) Kieran Gibbs
One of Arsenal’s better performers during the draw with Swansea, Gibbs will almost definitely retain his place, with Nacho Monreal starting from the bench.