How Arsenal could line up against Man City with Aubameyang back and Odegaard getting first Prem start after transfer
27th August 2021

PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG and Martin Odegaard will add some much needed firepower for Arsenal against Manchester City.

The Gunners have looked toothless in the league so far, losing their opening two games to Brentford and Chelsea respectively, conceding four and scoring none.



But Mikel Arteta's men got the ball rolling on Wednesday as they hit West Brom for six in the Carabao Cup second round.

And coincidently, it was Aubameyang – who made is first start of the season – and Odegaard who ran the show.

Club captain Aubameyang grabbed a hat-trick whilst Odegaard got 61 minutes under his belt as a permanent Arsenal player.

The Gunners face Man City on Saturday, but there will be two notable absences in Ben White (Covid-19) and Thomas Partey (ankle injury).

Should Arteta line-up his side in a 4-2-3-1 formation, Odegaard and Emile Smith Rowe will most likely rotate whilst Bukayo Saka mans the right flank.

Granit Xhaka and Sambi Lokonga will look to hold the midfield down.

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Aubameyang will start up front and will look to produce some goals, something the Gunners have been missing in previous games.

Mari – who got taken for a ride by Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku in the last game – will most likely keep his place in the heart of the defence alongside Rob Holding.

Tierney was forced off with a knock in the loss to Chelsea, but he's recovered in time for Saturday's fixture.

Alternatively, Arteta could revert to a 3-4-3 formation which at times served the Gunners well last season.

Should the Spaniard opt for a tactical switch, Tierney would move into the back three alongside Holding and Mari.

Which would result in Saka switching flanks and playing essentially as a left wing-back.

Odegaard and Smith Rowe would operate in behind Aubameyang, who could prove key for hitting the champions on the counter.

Xhaka and Lokonga would keep their place in this set-up.

Cedric would get the nod over Hector Bellerin, who is deemed surplus to requirements.

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