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CITY v ARSENAL: OPPOSITION VIEW

27 November 2015

ARSENAL
 
Nickname: Gunners
Manager: Arsene Wenger
2014-15: 3rd
Ground: Emirates Stadium

WENGER ON CITY
Arsene Wenger says his team must be focused on the task in hand when they come up against the Canaries on Sunday.

"You know that when you go there, it’s always a special game for them," the experienced boss told arsenal.com.



"They raise their level and all the recent history of a team doesn’t play too much of a part in it.

"You just want to (be) more focused. I think the key of the game will be more on our side than on the opponents’ side. I’ve said already - it’s not who we play, it’s how we play in these kind of games."

STAR PLAYER
Mesut Ozil is close to his best form for Arsenal as they fight on domestic and European fronts.

The Germany World Cup winner is the leading assist maker in the Premier League having laid on 11 goals for his teammates so far this season.



Ozil, 27, moved to Emirates Stadium from Real Madrid in a £42.7m deal in September 2013.

He started his career at FC Schalke but it was his form at Werder Bremen that earned Ozil his transfer to Madrid in 2010. He has made 89 appearances for Arsenal, scoring 12 times.

LAST TIME OUT
The Gunners kept alive their hopes of progressing to the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League with a 3-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday.

Mesut Ozil opened the scoring just prior to the half hour mark with a header before Alexis Sanchez put Arsene Wenger's team in control with their second four minutes later.



Sanchez then added a third in the second half, leaving Arsenal's destiny in their own hands as they face a showdown head-to-head with Olympiakos.

Victory by two goals - or by one goal if they score more than three - will see them progress to the last 16 at the Greek's side expense.

THE SQUAD
Goalkeepers: David Ospina, Petr Cech.

Defenders: Mathieu Debuchy, Kieran Gibbs, Per Mertesacker, Gabriel, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal, Calum Chambers, Hector Bellerin.

Midfielders: Tomas Rosicky, Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere, Mesut Ozil, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla, Mathieu Flamini, Francis Coquelin.

Attackers: Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott, Alexis Sanchez, Danny Welbeck, Joel Campbell.

 

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