Team News: Arsenal without five first-team stars for Manchester City game

Arsenal will be without the services of five of their first-team stars when they tackle Manchester City in this evening’s Premier League clash at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners have been without Rob Holding (knee) and Dani Ceballos (hamstring) since the middle of last month and they are only expected to return to training in the backend of December.

As per the club’s website, the duo have been joined by the likes of Hector Bellerin, Granit Xhaka and Kieran Tierney in the unavailable list but the latter will miss up to three months of action following a dislocated shoulder.

Bellerin has a tight hamstring which contributed to his absence in midweek against Standard Liege and the same has remained the case ahead of the Cityzens clash this evening.

Xhaka, meanwhile, is out of contention after being struck on the head by an attempted cross from Masuaku in the previous game at West Ham. He needs to serve a compulsory one-week break due to the concussion protocols after his substitution for a possible head injury on Monday night.

Nicolas Pepe was deemed to be a doubt for the Cityzens clash earlier this week after a bruised knee sustained at the London Stadium. He has, however, passed the fitness tests and is available to face Pep Guardiola’s side.

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