Thursday, April 25, 2024

Pepe starts, Partey on the bench: Man City v Arsenal team news

It’s Man City v Arsenal in the Premier League this evening, as Mikel Arteta looks to get one over on his former club.

Here are today’s official line-ups.

Man City: To follow


Arsenal: Leno, Bellerin, Holding, Gabriel, Tierney, Saka, Xhaka, Ceballos, Willian, Aubameyang, Pepe.

Subs: Runarsson, Luiz, Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Partey, Nketiah, Lacazette

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It’s gonna be a Pepe kinda night boys

Johnny 4 Hats

No more puns or you’re going to get Bernd.

Teryima Adi

Let’s Pepe them today. COYG!


Come on, don’t be Holding that against him

Johnny 4 Hats

You’re Luizing the plot…


holding will get turned inside out once more


Is it time to Partey? Though am not a doubting Thomas.


Expecting Pepe to play Laca new signing.


Nothing but a big fight and 3 points! COYG!!


That’s an really positive team.

Johnny 4 Hats

Auba starting up top!! It only took two and a half seasons!


Too early


So glad Tierney is in the team!

Naked Cygan

Auba in the middle is nice, I would have put tierney out left, and put a David Luiz as 3rd center back.


Maybe he has ghosts form the last time he was there


4-4-2 or Saka on wb? Interesting with Pepe and Willian. Makes some sense to ease Partey in.


Who knows these days


4-3-3 maybe when in possession and dropping to a 5-4-1 when not

SB Still

433 will be interesting

Tankard Gooner

Think we’re doing 3 at the back and Saka at LWB. Might transition to a 433 later on.

A Different George

I think it’s pretty clearly a 3-4-3 to start with the intention of Saka moving into the middle and Tierney filling in the attacking left back role when in possession. Unless Willian plays behind Aubameyang, for three in the middle. Or even a four with Saka as a kind of false 10. So, as I said, pretty clear.


Why no Partey?


Bit harsh for his debut I suppose


he will join after partey


He’s gotta fight
For his right
To Partake

Impact second half sub. Slide rule pass to Pepe who nutmegs Ake, crosses to Auba who buries it past Ederson. Arsenal win 2-1.

Paul Roberts

Top post my friend!


If that happens I’ll paint one buttock red and the other white.


Just give one a slap son!


This has not been upvoted enough.

Teryima Adi

It’s like you plan on walking naked..

Good Omens

You havn’t already ?


Maybe its like one of those movies where the hero of the team is like at least twice better than everyone else on the team, he still have to prove himself in some way before getting to play. He could always have a pint or two with Saliba.


auba in the middle


Would have gone with Luiz instead of Holding and started Partey, but otherwise an interesting line up.


thank god auba is thru the middle and not lacaxette


Except Lacca has more goals this season than Auba??

Der Kaiser

Lots of talent and options on that bench. Great to see!


well, in certain positions, more than on the field i would say


0-1 to the Arsenal!


Its Pepe through the middle.


It’s nice to see a decently balanced bench

Naked Cygan

Our bench is stronger than City.


This is going to be a massive boost to Pepe confidence, being trusted by the manager for such a big game.


Too right he won the last game for us

Paul Roberts

This could be a back 3 or 4 right?


This is not the team you play to get a draw, I fucking love it.

Yellow Ribbon

3 points would be massive but to be honest I will be happy with a hard fought draw. #COYG


We need to put the big teams to the sword in the league. Let’s start with shity today to create the fear factor


Yes, but I can’t remember when we last did that away from home – or not consistently anyway. We can start with City. Fingers crossed.


Results going our way so far. Draw in the Merseyside derby. L’pool hosed by VAR and Pickford should have seen red. Bad challenge on Van Dijk who went off injured. Our man Theo got the assist for the Saints equalizer vs Chelsea.


Ballsy. This is going to be spectacular, one way or the other…


Looks a strong side, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Partey come on at some stage. We really have to improve our terrible away record in the PL against the top teams. I can see us getting a point. We certainly don’t lose yet another of these particular games. Anyway, we’ll see.

Paul Roberts

Saka wingback according to Sky TV

Dave cee

So Partey took Willock’s place on the bench? We still look light on game changers. Hoping for the best

Wiltoooooooooord !!!

Luiz in for holding


If Partey comes on later, is it an after-party?
Thanks, I’ll grab my coat

Naked Cygan

Holding out and now we have one less on the bench. Are we allowed to replace a player on bench before you start a game, or you are stuck with 18 players?


Wow, we are getting really, really outplayed … without KDB!


Man I hope they sub off Willian. He hasn’t been very good.

Naked Cygan

He just had one good game at Fulham, after that he has been totally below average.


True. I would really like to see Ceballos pushed up with Willian brought off for Partey.

Or just bring in Laca. He has been scoring damn it, and we deserve points from this game.


And…I know I shouldn’t be using this as a chat window, but VAR has stolen a point from Arsenal, and it’s been entirely frustrating then on


Half-time and still in it, just about. The next goal will probably be decisive. If they get another then it’s likely to be it. If we pull one back, then who knows.


How many negative votes now we’ve lost?

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