The Man City v Arsenal game kicks off tomorrow evening after nearly three months of downtime and almost every Arsenal fan accepts it is going to be a very difficult task to get anything from the game but that does not make it impossible.
City are most likely going to dominate possession and the chances are that Arsenal will have to hit Pep Guardiola’s men on the break and that is just fine because that is one area that Arsenal can make an impact.
Obviously, the lads have to play well, if they do not then City will run riot and Mikel Arteta will know that better than anyone else.
Arsenal is quite solid on the flanks, on the left, there is Kieran Tierney, Bukayo Saka and probably Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, on the right, there is Hector Bellerin and Nicolas Pepe. That is pure electric speed available and the perfect outlet for them to cause absolute havoc.
Playing through the middle is not going to work, David Luiz playing out from the back to a pedestrian Granit Xhaka, through to a generally ponderous Mesut Ozil is not going to be too difficult for City to close down.
But on the flanks Arsenal really can cause problems, getting the ball out wide has to be a must for Arteta’s men if they want to get anything from the game. City will not look forward to Tierney steaming at them down the wing or Pepe turning them inside out and Aubameyang cutting inside.
Arsenal does have weaknesses but the flanks are not one of them and if used right there is no reason they cannot get something from the game.