Having gotten his first win of his fledgling reign as interim head coach against West Ham last Monday night, Freddie Ljungberg will be hoping for an early Christmas miracle when his Arsenal side take on Premier League champions Manchester City.
The Gunners proceeded to draw their next game after the Hammers result when they travelled to Belgium to face Standard Liege in the Europa League on Thursday, but they did achieve their main objective by finishing top of their group. And having rested several of his key first-team stars for that clash, Ljungberg will no doubt be looking to recall as many of them as possible for Sunday afternoon.
Below is a look at just how the Gunners might line up to face Pep Guardiola’s side.
When Arsenal arrived at the London Stadium last Monday to take on West Ham, they had both Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney pencilled in to start. By the end of the night however, both would be injured, with the latter reportedly out for the next three months with a dislocated shoulder. That will mean Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Sead Kolasinac keep their places at full-back, with Sokratis and Chambers in-field of them.
Granit Xhaka no doubt would have expected to have featured against City, but an injury update earlier in the week has ruled him out of the contest with concussion, thus allowing Matteo Guendouzi to reclaim his place in the Premier League side.
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And whilst Nicolas Pepe was also noted down to be a doubt for the contest, Ljungberg will surely wait until the last moment before definitively deciding on the Ivory Coast international who scored his first goal from open play for the club last time out. Having publicly hailed his performance in the Hammers win, Gabriel Martinelli appears to also be nailed on for another Premier League start, meaning the Gunners’ front-four could be unchanged.
Meanwhile, Arsenal fans are buzzing with David Ornstein’s update on the club’s search for a new manager.