Arsenal is set to face a crucial test against Manchester City at Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night.
If the Gunners manage to overcome the reigning champions, they could potentially secure an eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League table, a feat they haven’t achieved since January 2015.
The stakes couldn’t be higher for Mikel Arteta’s side, and this match could be their biggest since their appearance in the Champions League final.
While Manchester City are considered the favorites, Arsenal has shown under Arteta’s leadership that they can break long-standing hoodoos.
This season, they have already won at Stamford Bridge, Old Trafford, and Tottenham, and managed to earn a draw at Anfield. However, Arsenal will have to make do without William Saliba, who is out due to a back injury.
On the other hand, they could welcome back Granit Xhaka, who missed their previous fixture against Southampton.
The key to success for Arteta will be getting his team selection right. To this end, Arsenal writers Kaya Kaynak, Tom Canton, and Tashan Deniran-Alleyne have provided their suggested starting lineups. Kaynak, in particular, has recommended a switch to a back five formation, as this has worked for teams that have managed to beat City this season. Additionally, this tactic would provide added protection for Rob Holding.
All in all, this is a must-win game for Arsenal, and the outcome could have far-reaching consequences for their Premier League campaign. The pressure is on Arteta and his players to deliver the goods and secure a vital victory against a formidable opponent.