Leandro Trossard, Emile Smith Rowe & Gabriel Martinelli latest - Arsenal team news, injuries and predicted XI vs Man City

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Find out the latest Arsenal team news ahead of their Premier League clash with Manchester City at Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.

Arsenal host Manchester City on Wednesday night in a crunch clash at the top of the Premier League.

Victory for the Gunners will see them move six points clear of Pep Guardiola’s side with a game in hand, but defeat will see City replace them at the top of the table for the first time since August.

So how are Arsenal shaping up ahead of the game? Below, GOAL takes a look.

  1. Arsenal team news and injury latest

    Arsenal team news and injury latest

    Mikel Arteta will make a late decision on Emile Smith Rowe’s fitness, with the Arsenal playmaker on his way back from a thigh problem that has kept him sidelined for the last couple of weeks.

    Reiss Nelson has been in full training for a while now following his hamstring injury and is believed to be available, should Arteta opt to include him in the matchday squad.

    Gabriel Jesus is still out but is making good progress as he closes in on a return after knee surgery, but Mohamed Elneny will not play again this season having also undergone surgery on his knee.

  2. Key man
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    Key man

    Bukayo Saka: Arsenal’s winger has had a quiet couple of games by his high standards, but he still produced the moment of quality that led to Leandro Trossard’s goal against Brentford on Saturday. Given the space City often leave at the back, it feels like Saka could cause them real problems if Arsenal can get the ball to him quickly and he can isolate Nathan Ake, or whoever Pep Guardiola opts for at left-back.

  3. Talking point

    Talking point

    There are plenty of Arsenal fans who believe Mikel Arteta needs to bring Leandro Trossard into the starting XI for this game. Gabriel Martinelli has been a near ever present all season, but the Brazilian’s form has dipped in recent weeks, while January signing Trossard has made an immediate impact - including scoring his first goal for the club on Saturday against Brentford.

    After recent results, the suggestion is that maybe Arsenal are becoming a bit too predictable, such has been Arteta’s preference to remain with the same starting XI in every league match. Will the Arsenal manager make some changes on Wednesday night?

  4. What has Arteta said?

    What has Arteta said?

    When asked about his team starting to look tired because of a lack of rotation, the Arsenal boss said: “We always thought about that, and with a few players. Those questions are always obvious when you drop points. I’m delighted with how the boys tried, how much they want it. With the players that we have, we try to maximise our resources, so far they’ve done really well.”

  5. Arsenal predicted XI

    Arsenal predicted XI

    (4-3-3): Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko: Partey, Xhaka, Odegaard; Saka, Nketiah, Martinelli.