Arsenal host Manchester City on Sunday afternoon hoping to take down the champions in an unlikely victory. Here are five key players to watch.
Arsenal host champions Manchester City on Sunday afternoon in desperate need of a season-defining victory. While Freddie Ljungberg has steadied the ship a little in his four matches in charge, this is his first true test as interim head coach, facing the second-best team in the world. And with injuries sweeping through his squad, as well as a packed festive schedule looming, Ljungberg, and his players, could really do with a strong performance.
Here are five key players to watch on Sunday afternoon.
5. Calum Chambers
While Ljungberg is likely still working out who comprises his best XI after just two weeks in charge, the line-up he selected on Thursday night did provide a slight revelation as to his thinking. Most pertinently, Calum Chambers did not start, even in a back three, and was only introduced when Ljungberg switched to a back four in the closing stages.
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It seems, then, that Chambers is the number one centre-half in the squad. Whether he deserves to be or not is another question. The other options are not exactly convincing, to say the least. And so, with Chambers now leading the defence, likely with Sokratis alongside him, Arsenal will be hoping to repel the best attack in world football.
Sergio Aguero may be absent through injury, but with Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva, David Silva, Kevin de Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus, Aguero’s replacement, it is not as if this City team is short on attacking talent. Chambers is set to be a busy man. Even more than that, the defence collectively is going to be busy. Chambers must play well, but he must also organise those around him, too.