Arsene Wenger will be hoping that his side can pick up a few medals from their FA Cup campaign, as he will push his side for a victory at Wembley when they face Manchester City in the semi-finals of the competitions. The Gunners are not in great form at the moment but the FA Cup is their favourite competition and they are sure to put in their best performance this weekend. Pep Guardiola’s side will also want to take a victory and move into the finals of the competition and the duo are sure to produce a thrilling encounter on Sunday. Here is the predicted lineup that Wenger might field for this tie:
German defender Shkodran Mustafi is ruled out of this tie nursing an injury while Danny Welbeck is doubtful. Santi Cazorla, David Ospina and Lucas Perez are also missing from this tie for Arsenal.
Expected lineup (4-2-3-1):
With David Ospina out injured, Wenger is expected to use Petr Cech on goal for this game against Manchester City. Hector Bellerin was on the bench in the previous game but should be back at right-back while Kieran Gibbs could get his chance to start on the left side.
Laurent Koscielny will have to shoulder the responsibilities at the back with Mustafi ruled out for this tie. Rob Holding, who did a decent job in the league at the weekend, could be preferred over Gabriel to partner the Frenchman at the back for Arsenal.
Francis Coquelin seems to have lost the trust of his manager. He is no longer the first choice and Wenger might go with the midfield pairing of Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey. The duo can complement each other and can add balance to Arsenal’s midfield on the night.
Theo Walcott was also on the bench at the weekend but Wenger should push him back onto the right-wing in a more traditional 4-2-3-1 system in this game. Alexis Sanchez should hold on to his role on the left wing while Mesut Ozil can play in the number 10 role, which has served him well.
Olivier Giroud got his chance in the league at the weekend but could not impress the manager. He should be replaced by Danny Welbeck, with Lucas Perez out injured.
Here is how they would line up:
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