Arsenal find themselves in the unusual position of having to rebound from a loss this weekend - the 2-1 reverse at Everton, of course, being the first loss in 14, the first loss since August, and not the way they wanted to kick off the so-called festive period. Anyway, here we are, and now they will need to rebound quickly against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City if they want to keep the pace.
Sunday, December 18, 2016
8AM PT/11AM ET/4PM BT
Etihad Stadium, Manchester
in addition to the usual “keeping up with the leaders” thing, a win tomorrow would open up a four point lead over Manchester City, currently one point and one place behind Arsenal in the table. Any chance to put daylight between yourself and a title challenge competitor needs to be taken.
Danny Welbeck’s back in training next week, but that doesn’t help this weekend; other than the usual suspects, Arsenal are as you were from Tuesday.
I mean, Arsene could rotate, I guess, but he probably won’t. They all looked sluggish, Özil in particular looked tired, but hopefully got plenty of rest between Tuesday night and now.
Cech; Bellerin-Gabriel-Koscielny-Monreal; Xhaka-Coquelin; Lucas-Özil-Iwobi; Alexis
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