Arsenal v Man City: Team News.

So we can now heave a sigh of relief after a boring 2-week international break. Anytime there is an obstruction to club football, I do find it difficult to cope. My dear Arsenal was really missed during this period. Don’t know if others feel the same way.

All the same it’s good to see majority of our players who were involved in various friendly and qualifier matches return without the usual bad omen of sustaining serious injuries and lest I forget Danny Welbeck who we recently signed from Old Trafford scored twice for England in their opening Euro 2016 Qualifier tie against Switzerland. It ended 2-0. Yaya Sanogo was also on the score-sheet for the France U21 side.

Arsenal today face Manchester City at home. This game has been much anticipated and looks as if it’s going to be a tough battle between the two side judging from their last league results. The Gunners in their last Premier League game lacked that spark which eventually led to them losing two points after a 1-1 draw away at Leicester while City had a worse experience as they suffered a 1-0 defeat to Stoke City at the Etihad Stadium. The League champions have a better team than we do but I’m still not ruling out the possibility of Arsenal getting the result. Football is not always judged by the number of big names you have but what they are capable of doing on the field of play.

How the team is going to lineup is still uncertain to us the fans at the moment. As at Thursday we were informed by the manager that Aaron Ramsey picked up an ankle injury in Wales’ 2-1 win over Andorra. However, he was not yet ruled out as at press time. He would undergo a late scan [that should have been done yesterday] to see if he could participate. I won’t be surprised not seeing him even if he has a 70% chance because Wenger would like to be cautious over the Welshman. His injury history is one that should put a bit of fear in Wenger while making his selection. It’s better he is left out if he is short of fitness to avoid something more critical.

Kieran Gibbs and Mikel Arteta are back in the squad after a short lay-off. Mesut Ozil is fit. He has overcome the knock he got on international duty. For Welbeck, he did not tell us if he would play or not. [at his tricks as usual]. Walcott is back in training but out for today.

Szczesny, Debuchy, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Sanchez, Wilshere, Arteta, Cazorla, Ozil, Welbeck.

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