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Mikel Arteta makes one key change, ‘incredible’ forward returns: Arsenal predicted XI vs Manchester City for Premier League title showdown…



Arsenal’s predicted lineup for their Premier League title showdown against Manchester City sees Mikel Arteta making a crucial change, as an “incredible” forward returns to the team.


With the international break now over, Arteta’s sole focus is on the upcoming match against City on Sunday. The Gunners suffered a 4-1 defeat at the Etihad last season, making this victory even more crucial for the team’s morale.


Notably, Arsenal was missing William Saliba during that game, with Rob Holding stepping in to fill the void in defense.


Arsenal were notably missing William Saliba during that match, as Rob Holding stepped in for the French player in defense.


Now that Saliba is back in action and Declan Rice has joined the club this season, it is highly likely that the outcome will be different.


Despite this, there are still injury concerns for both teams at this time.


Arteta is particularly concerned about the fitness of Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Magalhaes, and Gabriel Martinelli.


Although Martinelli’s status is the most uncertain of the three, Arsenal supporters are optimistic that Arteta will have a nearly full squad to select from.


With that being said, The Boot Room predicts that Arsenal will make a significant change to the lineup that defeated FC Porto just before the international break.


Arteta is expected to make a decision regarding Gabriel Martinelli’s involvement before Arsenal’s match against Manchester City. Despite initial concerns about his foot injury, it has been confirmed that Martinelli is fit to play.


Fans may be eager to see him back on the left side of the field, potentially replacing Leandro Trossard. However, if Martinelli is not available, Trossard is likely to retain his position.


Meanwhile, Gabriel Jesus is also regaining fitness during the break, but it would be unusual for him to be benched against his former club. On the other hand, there is little reason to drop Kai Havertz, who has performed well recently.


Havertz showcased his skills as a false nine for Germany in both international games, despite facing challenges from Virgil van Dijk in the second match. Overall, Havertz has left a positive impression.


Certainly, last year at this time, it would have been unthinkable to see Thomas Partey on the bench, but the team above has made that decision. Additionally, considering the importance of the game, Jakub Kiwior should maintain his position at left-back over Oleksandr Zinchenko.


This match poses a significant challenge for Arteta and his Arsenal side, and he will be exerting every effort to orchestrate two victories in one season against his former club, City.


Here is Arsenal’s predicted starting lineup: Raya; Kiwior, Gabriel, Saliba, White; Jorginho, Rice, Odegaard; Martinelli, Havertz, Saka.