Arsenal v Man City Friendly
We played an eclectic lot of pre-season friendly teams until now, but today we will face one of the key competitors for the PL title. As such, this is one to look forward to even though it is just a friendly. Let’s face it, Wenger and Guardiola have more respect for each other than Ant and Dec, and there is every chance this game will finish in an amical draw.
However, this is of course not about the score but about the key battles, and against a Guardiola team the battle of battles takes part in midfield. As such, I am looking forward to how our boys will manage now that they will face very tough midfield opposition. No doubt our makeshift defence will be tested too and our attackers will have to find a much needed sharpness, but this is all about winning the midfield battle.
There is a big chance Coq will be partnered with Xhaka to form a formidable defensive wall from which the Swiss Uber-Passer can deliver his deadly through-balls and diagonal pitch slicers. I am hoping to see Elneny start in this one, though, as the partnership between him and Xhaka is the one I want to see tested the most.
I have a feeling that Rambo will be given an opportunity to shine in the hole, and that would be something to look forward to. It would be nice for Wenger to try him out behind the striker in a free role, with two fast and furious, technically gifted attackers on each side of him. Let’s play Iwobi and Sanchez on the wings to support our full backs and also provide a real threat going forward. Up top I would be happy to see Theo start in this one, but I have a feeling Akpom will get a fine chance to show what he is capable of.
Predicting line-ups for friendlies is of course really hard, so I went more for the one I would go for than what Wenger might opt for.
Let the battle of the midfield commence!