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Manchester City: Predicted XI vs Arsenal

Manchester City take on Arsenal at the Etihad on Saturday, with Pep Guardiola’s side hoping to pick up where they left off against Norwich City last time out.

The Citizens bounced back from defeat in their opening fixture against Tottenham Hotspur to thrash the Canaries last weekend thanks to goals from Jack Grealish, Aymeric Laporte, Raheem Sterling, Riyad Mahrez and an own goal from Grant Hanley.

They take on an Arsenal side who have suffered back-to-back 2-0 defeats against Brentford and Chelsea in the Premier League thus far, although they were more successful in midweek, winning 6-0 against a young West Brom side in the Carabao Cup.

Here’s how Football FanCast expects Guardiola to line his side up against the Gunners, with three changes from the team that started against Norwich…

Ederson unsurprisingly keeps his place in between the sticks after picking up the first of what is sure to be many clean sheets this season.

There’s one change in defence as Oleksandr Zinchenko makes his first start of the season at left-back, with Joao Cancelo dropping to the bench, as Kyle Walker keeps his place on the right.

There are two changes in midfield as Fernandinho comes in for Rodri in defensive-midfield, whilst Kevin De Bruyne makes his first start of the 2021/22 campaign alongside the Brazilian and Ilkay Gundogan, with Bernardo Silva dropping out.

The Portugal international, who was described as “incredible” by Guardiola last season, is reportedly keen on a move away from the Etihad and has been linked with AC Milan, so it would be a surprise to see him start.

After impressive performances as the weekend, Gabriel Jesus and Jack Grealish start on the wings supporting Ferran Torres up front, and the Spaniard will no doubt be keen to impress in that role given that he could soon be usurped by Cristiano Ronaldo.

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