A defeat on Sunday would only make an already bad season worse for Arsenal. It is going to be a defining moment for the club when the Gunners take on Man City in the second semi-final of the FA Cup at Wembley on Sunday.
The FA Cup remains the two clubs’ any chance of claiming silverware this season after falling out of the Premier League title race and the Champions League.
No doubt, Arsenal have endured a difficult season engulfed with all sort of scenarios on and off the pitch, and the outcome of the match on Sunday could play a key role in deciding Arsene Wenger’s future.
After recording our first league away win in three months against Middlesbrough, focus is now shifted to the FA Cup in a must win match for us. Wenger’s decision to revert to a 3-4-3 formation had clouded the win, with different opinions flying in the media on whether the formation is suitable for use against Man City.
Wenger has not stated whether he would deploy that formation or not but the French man is expected to come out with a formation that would bring nothing but victory. Betting men may want to take advantage of the Stan James promo code in betting for this game.
The 3-4-3 formation allowed Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez some freedom which would enable them to keep pushing at the City defence. However, Gabriel Paulista needs to be matured with his game this time as he looked shaky in the opening minutes of the Monday game, but we have the professionalism of Rob Holding and Laurent Koscienly to rely upon.
The two sides have met twice already this season in the league with City winning at Etihad Stadium 2-1 and forced to 2-2 draw at the Emirates Stadium after taking the lead twice. We can do “the Man United” and claim a victory at the third attempt even though this tie is on a neutral ground.
David Ospina, Lucas Perez and Skhodran Mustafi are all sidelined while Danny Welbeck remains a major doubt. Holding produce an eye-catching performance on Monday and should retain his position.
Petr Cech; Rob Holding, Laurent Kosciencly, Paulista, Nacho Monreal, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Granit Xhaka, Aaron Ramsey; Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud, Mesut Ozil