Arsenal: Leno; Holding, Luiz, Tierney; Bellerin, Willock, Elneny, Saka; Pepe, Lacazette, Nelson
Manchester City: Ederson; Cancelo, Ake, Stones, Zinchenko; Rodri, De Bruyne, Mahrez, Foden, Silva; Torres
Arsenal vs Manchester City Score Prediction
Arteta wants a win wherever he can get one, so the likelihood is that he’ll go senior on Tuesday. Needing a result to boost morale is part of his thinking, so too is the quality of opposition: Man City could field their entire second-string team and they’d still be odds-on favourites to reach the semi-final stage.
Three days’ rest between City and Chelsea is not an awful lot of time but there must be some degree of momentum building or else there is no hope of salvation.
Is that really going to come on Tuesday? Considering that Arteta will field a team mostly comprised of regular senior players (note: not his ‘strong’ side) the outcome won’t be expected to differ at all.
City will dominate the ball, suffocate Arsenal in the right areas and pose a threat with every attack. Arsenal can’t break down Burnley, or keep a shutout against sides performing nowhere near their maximum, so what hope is there of keeping City at bay?
No much, in truth.
Unless Guardiola’s side have an off day, the Gunners have it all to do. And even if they are uncharacteristically poor, it’s still a mountain to climb.
Will that work in their favour? The saving grace at this point is that this competition is the least of Arsenal’s worries this season, even if it the closest they are at securing silverware. So, with some of that pressure relieved and no expectancy on them to win, they could raise their game.