Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta made a 'good decision' ahead of City clash, says Paul Merson
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta made a “good decision” in naming a strong line-up against West Brom ahead of the Manchester City clash, according to Paul Merson.
The Gunners fell to two defeats in their opening two Premier League fixtures, without scoring a goal.
After Arsenal’s shock loss to Brentford, Chelsea then comprehensively outplayed the Gunners the following week.
This week, Arteta opted to name a strong starting XI for Wednesday’s League Cup second-round trip to The Hawthorns.
The decision reaped dividends as the Gunners ran out 6-0 winners, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring a hat-trick.
Now, Arsenal should have a lot more confidence as they prepare to face Manchester City in Saturday’s early league kick-off.
“Mikel Arteta made a good decision in the Carabao Cup because he sent out his best team,” Merson wrote in the Daily Star.
“When you’re struggling, play your best team and get your confidence up.
“He brought back the big guns and they won and scored goals.
“They did everything right – and even though I’m not expecting anything against Manchester City, that win will give them all a lift.”
Man City v Arsenal team news
Pep Guardiola’s charges are still without talismanic midfielder Kevin De Bruyne.
The Belgian is still nursing the ankle injury he first picked up at Euro 2020.
Meanwhile, Phil Foden is carrying a foot injury but could return after the international break.
For Arsenal, Hector Bellerin is back in full training and available for selection after missing the last two matches with a tight thigh.
Ben White has missed the Gunners’ last two games after testing positive for covid but could be involved – he’s being monitored.