Defender to be exposed: Three things to expect from Arsenal v Manchester City
COMMENT By Dominic Toner
Arsenal return to Premier League action on Sunday as they welcome Manchester City to the Emirates Stadium.
Arsene Wenger will be looking for a solid performance from his side after growing speculation surrounding his future in north London.
The Gunners are without a win in England’s top flight since early February and will go into the fixture outside of the top-four.
Here, Football Insider looks at three things to expect from the upcoming league clash against Manchester City.
Monreal to make costly mistake
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Arsenal left-back Nacho Monreal has struggled for form this season. The 31-year-old defender has been part of a back line that has conceded 34 goals already this term and looked shaky for some time. Manchester City will be looking to apply the pressure from the start and could force Monreal into a costly mistake. Pep Guardiola will make sure his attacking stars know of Arsenal’s defensive frailties with the likes of Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane all potentially starring for the visitors.
Sanchez to score
Alexis Sanchez has been in fine form this season. The Chile international has already bagged 22 goals and provided 18 assists in the 2017-18 campaign but will be hungry for more this weekend. City will set-up to dominate possession and control the tempo of the game but will be vulnerable against Sanchez’s pace on the counter attack. The former Barcelona forward has fashioned himself into a ruthless finisher and one chance might be enough for him to get on the score-sheet.
Ospina to be man of the match
David Ospina will start in goal for Arsenal as Petr Cech remains sidelined with a calf injury. The 28-year-old Colombian international has impressed when called about this season, keeping four clean sheets in all competitions. Ospina shined for Arsenal in the Champions League despite the north London outfit’s poor performances against Bayern Munich in the last 16. Ospina is no stranger to big games and will be keen to try and lay a claim to the number one jersey in Cech’s absence.
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