Arsenal are preparing for a huge clash against Manchester City at the Etihad as they attempt to make a late surge towards the European spots in the Premier League and Mikel Arteta prepares to face old friend Pep Guardiola.
Despite the rather daunting of facing the Premier League champions in their own backyard, Goal’s Charles Watts believes Arteta should keep his youngster, Eddie Nketiah, on the bench and deploy Alexandre Lacazette up top to face Man City’s troops.
Think tomorrow night is definitely a game for Lacazette to start as central striker. Arsenal are going to need someone to who can hold the ball up when needed with his back to goal, link up play for runners on the counter. Doesn't feel like a game for Eddie.
— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) March 10, 2020
Watts highlighted Lacazette’s ability to hold the ball up when needed with his back to goal and his excellent link-up play as crucial to countering Guardiola’s tactics. As per WhoScored, the Frenchman does draw a lot more fouls (1.3 to 0.6) per game than his teammate as well as making more key passes (1.1 to 0.4), so does look to be a better option on that front right now.
Given the fact City have proven susceptible to counter-attacks already this season, having someone to hold the ball up while runners such as Nicolas Pepe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang push up the pitch could certainly prove fruitful.
Arsenal fans, would you rather play Lacazette or Nketiah against Man City? Do you agree with Watts’ verdict? Let us know down in the comment section below!
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