Arsenal vs Man City: LINEUPS and PREVIEW

ARSENAL: Szczesny, Debuchy, Koscielny, Chambers, Gibbs, Arteta, Wilshere, Ramsey, Alexis, Cazorla, Sanogo

Subs: Martinez, Monreal, Flamini, Campbell, Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Giroud

MANCHESTER CITY: Caballero, Clichy, Boyata, Nastasic, Kolarov, Navas, Fernando, Toure (C), Nasri, Jovetic, Dzeko

Subs: Hart, Richards, Rekik, Milner, Zuculini, Silva, Sinclair.

 

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FA Cup holders Arsenal face Premier League Champions Manchester City in the final match before the start of the new Premier League season.

The two clubs, both expected title challengers for the upcoming season, last faced each other in a 1-1 draw at the Emirates stadium.

Both sides have strengthened in an active transfer window, with the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Fernando set to grace English football for the first time.

Both sides are missing key players, with World Cup winners Per Mertesacker, Mesut Ozil, Lukas Podolski and others set to miss out for the Gunners, whilst captain Kompany, midfield maestro Fernandinho and star striker Sergio Aguero are all missing for the title winners.

Both sides have raided the Premier League for players, with Mathieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers joining Arsenal from Newcastle and Southampton respectively. City, however, have signed Arsenal fans favourite Bacary Sagna on a free transfer, whilst acquiring Chelsea legend Frank Lampard on a short term loan from New York City FC, but the pair will not feature at Wembley.

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This will be a third trip in 4 months to the home of football for Arsenal, whilst City return to Wembley for the first time since their defeat to Wigan in the 2013 FA cup final.

Arsenal talisman Alexis Sanchez returns to the 90,000 capacity stadium for the first time since his brace helped secure Chile a glorious 2-0 friendly win over England a few months ago. Joe Hart and James Milner of City were in the England squad that day, as were Jack Wilshere and Kieran Gibbs of Arsenal.

The game looks set to be a slow starter, with many main men missing for both sides, on top of World Cup fatigue.

 

Team News
Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud will not start due to a lack of match fitness, according to Arsene Wenger. All the aforementioned names set to miss out for both teams will not feature. Alvaro Negredo and Theo Walcott are long term absentees.

Predicted Lineups:

Arsenal:
Szczesny Debuchy Chambers Koscielny Gibbs Arteta Ramsey Ox/Campbell Cazorla Alexis Sanogo

City:
Caballero Richards Boyata Nastastic Clichy Toure Fernando Silva Nasri Jovetic Dzeko

 

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