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Arsenal: Gabriel Martinelli starts again in potential XI vs Manchester City

Arsenal: Gabriel Martinelli starts again in potential XI vs Manchester City

Arsenal head into a huge clash with champions Manchester City, fresh from securing their first league win since October against West Ham.

The Gunners were 1-0 down at half-time, but second half-strikes from Gabriel Martinelli, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe secured all three points, their first win under interim boss Freddie Ljungberg.

Should Gabriel Martinelli be a starter at Arsenal?

Yes

Yes

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City arrive at the Emirates off the back of a crushing defeat in the Manchester derby, a performance that has potentially given Arsenal the blueprint to beating Pep Guardiola’s men.

The Gunners do have injury issues, though. Hector Bellerin was injured before the win at the London Stadium while Kieran Tierney was replaced during their victory at the London Stadium.

So how will they lineup?

Ainsley Maitland-Niles is the obvious choice at right-back if Bellerin remains sidelined. Sead Kolasinac steps into the void left by Tierney. Calum Chambers and Sokratis make up a back four that kept the Hammers out for the second half in that recent victory.

A change of system may be required to help combat the incisive City midfield. Lucas Torreira should retain his spot but could do with the help of combative Frenchman Matteo Guendouzi as Granit Xhaka looks set to miss out with concussion. He’s made 24 tackles for the Gunners this season, tied with Xhaka for the most in the squad. He was also impressive in his debut against the same opponents last season.

In attack, Arsenal could throw a lot of firepower to try and exploit a fragile City defence. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is their top scorer, his 11 league goals are more than double of anyone else in the squad. Alexandre Lacazette could replace Mesut Ozil. His performance against West Ham drew criticism from the fans, leaving a lot to be desired. Gabriel Martinelli scored again and deserves the chance to prove his potential in a huge game for Ljungberg and Arsenal.

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