Arsenal are looking to build on consecutive league victories over Chelsea and Cardiff City, as they travel north to face champions Manchester City. 

Unai Emery has an injury crisis to solve in defence with Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin all ruled out, with the latter sidelined for the rest of the season.

Captain Laurent Koscielny suffered a jaw injury against Man Utd and is being assessed daily to decide on his involvement this weekend. 

New loan signing Denis Suarez arrived on Deadline Day and could feature on Sunday.

Here’s how Arsenal could line up at the Etihad Stadium.

1. Goalkeeper and Defenders

Stephan Lichtsteiner

Bernd Leno (GK) – The German keeper has firmly ousted Petr Cech as Arsenal’s number one this season.

Stephan Lichtsteiner (RB) – Bellerin’s long-term injury should give Arsenal’s summer signing a more regular starting berth for the remainder of the season.

Shkodran Mustafi (CB) – Suffered a knock on Tuesday against Cardiff but was able to continue for the full 90 minutes as Arsenal’s only established senior centre-back available.

Nacho Monreal (CB) – A natural left-back but Monreal has shown himself to be capable of playing at centre-half on occasion.

Sead Kolasinac (LB) – Won a penalty in midweek, the Bosnian international has proved to be an asset going forward, providing four assists so far.

2. Midfielders

Aaron Ramsey

Granit Xhaka (DM) – Has started all but one of Arsenal’s league games this season.

Lucas Torreira (CM) – The Uruguayan has impressed in an Arsenal shirt and has quickly become a fan favourite at the Emirates Stadium since his summer arrival.

Matteo Guendouzi (CM) – Made his Arsenal debut against Man City on the opening day of the season, 19-year-old Guendouzi has made 30 appearances in all competitions.

Aaron Ramsey (AM) – Signed a pre-contract with Juventus this month but the Welshman remains a key player for the Gunners and Emery refused to let him go before the end of the season.

3. Forwards

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang,Alexandre Lacazette

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (ST) – A penalty on Tuesday gave him his 15th Premier League goal of the season – only Mohamed Salah has more.

Alexandre Lacazette (ST) – After netting against Chelsea and Cardiff, Lacazette is looking to score in three consecutive league games. 

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