Arsenal face Manchester City tonight for the first time this season…
It’s an FA Cup tie and we know both sides will be more focused on the Premier League. However, tonight’s game between Arsenal and Manchester City is the perfect opportunity to gauge how the two teams stack up, as they still have to play twice in the league. This article will cover the latest Arsenal injury news ahead of the game.
Mikel Arteta will face a return trip to his former home, the Etihad Stadium, to play against the manager he greatly respects, Pep Guardiola. The two will shake hands before and after the game, but during, Mikel has a point to prove.
The biggest doubters of his project argue that he has yet to face Manchester City and beat them, with tonight being the first proof of that claim.
Arsenal injury news: Mikel Arteta without 3 players against Manchester City
According to the latest report from Athletic, Emile Smith Rowe has been left out of the squad that travels to Manchester tonight due to injury. That’s not a good sign, considering he was just coming back from injury.
In addition, the Gunners will also be without Reiss Nelson and Mohamed Elneny, according to Football London. The Gunners are believed to be on the lookout for a midfielder in the transfer market to replace Elneny. Gabriel Jesús also remains injured, so the return to his former club will be missed. However, he will cheer passionately from the sidelines, as he did against Manchester United.
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So, in total, three midfielders will be missing from Arsenal tonight. If the manager wants to rotate his squad, this Arsenal injury news could force him to deploy Oleksandr Zinchenko in midfield, a role we know he can play, while Kieran Tierney plays at right-back. Whether new boys Leandro Trossard and Jakub Kiwior feature in this one remains to be seen.
How would you like to see Arsenal line up against Manchester City?
Source: THREE midfielders ruled out in Manchester City clash