Venue: Ullevi Stadium
Date: 07 August 2016
Kick off: 18:00
Manchester City face Arsenal later today in their final game in preparation for the new season. Thus far City have come up against Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and St Johnstone and today will be the last chance for Pep Guardiola to experiment with his squad before Saturday’s clash with Sunderland.
City will be without new boy Leroy Sané who has been ruled out with a hamstring problem (welcome to City – you’ll get used to it), centre-backs Nicolas Otamendi and Eliaquim Mangala, Wilfried Bony who may be on his way out and Samir Nasri who has been deemed too overweight by Pep Guardiola.
If you’ve missed it, the full squad can be found below:
Confirmation of City's travelling squad in Gothenburg for today's match vs. Arsenal. Another start for Adarabioyo? pic.twitter.com/sRd4wxemXA
— City Watch (@City_Watch) August 7, 2016
Otamendi’s and Mangala’s absence means that it’s likely Tosin Adarabioyo will get another run out, and here’s what Pep had to say about him yesterday:
Pep: "Tosin's a nice guy. His mind is open. He listens. He trains every day like it was the last training of his life."
— City Watch (@City_Watch) August 6, 2016
Arsene Wenger confirmed that some key players will be missing for Arsenal today, however Alexis Sanchez will feature:
“Not all of [the international players will be back]. But Ramsey will be involved, Sanchez will be involved. The latest players coming back will not be involved, that’s Ozil, Giroud and Koscielny, they are the last ones and I don’t think they will be involved on the tour on Thursday, but all the others will.”
Obviously we can’t be too disappointed if we don’t come out as victors but it’s always an added bonus – you’d expect that today is all about experimentation as Pep shapes up his team for the start of the season.
How can I watch the game?
Manchester City’s final preseason game will be broadcast live on ITV – coverage will start 15 minutes before kick off at 17:45.
What team could we expect to see?
I’m no expert when it comes to managing teams – hence why Pep Guardiola got the gig ahead of me, but here’s my predicted line-up:
Hart, Sagna, Denayer, Adarabioyo, Clichy, Fernandinho, Delph, De Bruyne, Silva, Aguero, Iheanacho