How Arsenal will line up vs Man City with Ozil and Lacazette benched as Arteta faces defensive dilemma – The Sun

WITH the return of the Premier League fast approaching, the question on all Arsenal fans' mind is: How can we overhaul the five-point deficit to Manchester United?

The Red Devils currently sit in fifth – potentially enough for a Champions League spot thanks to Manchester City's two-year European ban.

Ironically, the first obstacle in the race to grab a European spot are the team that have made it a top five rather than a top 4 chase.

In normal circumstances a visit to Manchester City, the reigning champions, would be a scary prospect.

But there are a few factors that might make the trip less daunting.

With Liverpool 25 points clear and needing a maximum of two wins from their final nine games, Pep Guardiola's side have little to play for.

Clearly, City won't roll over for anyone, but with games played in front of empty stadiums, their home advantage is all-but gone.

In Mikel Arteta, Arsenal have the perfect boss to help decrypt the Man City code, with the Spaniard having been Guardiola's No2 for so long before moving to North London.

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