What do YOU think?
To me it seems a mix of youth and experience with plenty of attacking intent. Big money man Pepe sits, and we have to hope that full-backs Bellerin and Tierney have conquered their fitness issues. Eddie (not Alexandre) gets the call as the tip of the attack, though surely he’ll interchange freely with Aubameyang. And, many will be pleased that both Joe Willock and Bakayo Saka will slot in just behind our frontmen. Mari and Mustafi ahead of Leno is perhaps a mix of what we don’t know much about (the Brazilian) and some deep worries about what maybe we know too much about.
Here are the full line-ups:
Arsenal (4-2-3-1) Leno; Bellerin, Pablo Mari, Mustafi, Tierney; Xhaka, Guendouzi; Willock, Aubameyang, Saka; Nketiah.
Substitutes: Martinez, David Luiz, Kolasinac, Ceballos, Maitland-Niles, Martinelli, Lacazette, Pepe, Nelson.
Manchester City (4-3-3) Ederson; Walker, Garcia, Laporte, Mendy; De Bruyne, Gundogan, D Silva; Mahrez, Jesus, Sterling.
Substitutes: Carson, Zinchenko, Otamendi, Rodri, B Silva, Fernandinho, Aguero, Sane, Foden.
Anthony Taylor will referee the closed door affair, and fair is what we hope he (and his crew) will be.
It will all be very, very strange indeed and I could use (plenty of) help trying to describe the action. So, tell me what you think–about the line-up, the game, the talking points (which I’m sure will emerge, if the line-up decisions aren’t enough) and so on and so forth.
Football is back (for better or worse–please watch safely, my friends…) and we’ll see where it goes from here.
Please join me in the comments. Don’t be shy, Bergkampesque (and Arsenal) need you…
Go on then…