Man City vs Arsenal: How Gunners could line-up ahead of EPL return

Man City vs Arsenal: How Gunners could line-up ahead of EPL return

- Man City vs Arsenal takes centre stage midweek and Torreira, Bellerin, Holding, Tierney are all in line for contention having shook off their respective injuries

- Arsenal will be keen to cart home all the three points as they push for a place in the Champions League

- The Gunners currently sit ninth on the standings with 40 points and victory at Etihad will see them leapfrog Spurs who are eighth

Man City vs Arsenal is among two of the fixtures lined up as the Premier League makes a return on Wednesday, June 17.

The clash will come just in time for four Arsenal stars who are in contention for an opportunity to play having made full recoveries from injury when the league was on suspension.

Man City vs Arsenal: How Gunners could line-up ahead of EPL return
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Lucas Torreira is key among the four players, with the midfielder initially set to miss the rest of the season with a fractured ankle.

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Others include Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding and defender Kieran Tierney who is now understood to be fully fit after suffering a dislocated shoulder.

The clash will mark Mikel Arteta's first return to the Etihad after he left City to join Arsenal as manager.

With the Spaniard keen to cart away all the three points for a chance to seal a Champions League place, he will be forced to name a strong squad to face his former side.

Bernd Leno is sure to start between the sticks, with Bellerin, Pablo Mari and Tierney providing cover in defence.

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Dani Ceballos, Granit Xhaka and Mesut Ozil are primed to start in the midfield, with Nicolas Pepe, Aubameyag and Alexander Lacazette leading the hunt for goals.

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Arsenal possible starting lineup:

Goalkeeper: Leno

Defenders: Bellerin, Pablo Mari, David Luiz, Tierney

Midfielders: Ceballos, Xhaka, Ozil

Forwards: Aubameyang, Lacazette and Pepe

Meanwhile, victory over City will catapult the Gunners above Tottenham Hotspur with 43 points.

However, they will have to contend with a poor record at the Etihad as the London side is yet to win at City since 2015.

Earlier, reported that Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has urged the club to listen to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and attempt to meet his demands.

Aubameyang's deal with the Gunners runs out in 12 months and the Arsenal captain recently revealed his club was yet to make a formal offer to him.

Talks over a possible extension of his contract are understood to have stalled, leaving the prolific striker staring at an uncertain future.

The 30-year-old has come out to reveal there is no offer on the table, insisting it is the Gunners who hold the key to his future.

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