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Arsenal And Manchester City Both Name Weakened Sides For Champions League Ties

FILE PHOTO - EDITORS NOTE: COMPOSITE OF TWO IMAGES - Image Numbers 454921563 (L) and 178222670) In this composite image a comparison has been made between Head coach Josep Guardiola of Bayern Munich (L) and Arsene Wenger the Arsenal manager. Arsenal and Bayern Munich meet in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 match 1st leg on February 19,2014 with the 2nd leg on March 11 ,2014. ***LEFT IMAGE*** MUNICH, GERMANY - DECEMBER 10: Head coach Josep Guardiola of Muenchen reacts during the UEFA Champions League Group D match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Manchester City at Allianz Arena on December 10, 2013 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Lennart Preiss/Bongarts/Getty Images) ***RIGHT IMAGE*** LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 27: Arsene Wenger the Arsenal manager reacts on the touchline during the UEFA Champions League Play Off Second leg match between Arsenal FC and Fenerbahce SK at Emirates Stadium on August 27, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Arsenal and Manchester City are in Champions League action tonight, with both already guaranteed their places in the next round.

Manchester City welcome Celtic to the Etihad, while Arsenal are in Switzerland to take on FC Basel with the chance to top the group still there for them if PSG fail to beat Ludogorets.

For tonight’s game, Man City boss Pep Guardiola has decided to leave Sergio Aguero on the bench. The Argentine international will begin a four-game Premier League suspension this weekend, but Pep has still seen git to start with Kelechi Iheanacho up front for tonight’s game.

Willy Caballero, Pablo Maffeo, 19-year-old Tosin Adarabioyo, Gael Clichy, Gernando Reges, Nolito and the aforementioned Iheanacho all come in to a much-changed City lineup. 16-year-old midfielder Phil Foden is on the bench for the first time.

Their opponents Celtic, meanwhile, welcome back defender Erik Sviatchenko as they look to cause an upset and progress to the Europa League at the expense of Borussia Monchengladbach in third place.

Manchester City's Spanish manager Pep Guardiola (L) and Celtic's Northern Irish manager Brendan Rodgers watches his players from the touchline during the UEFA Champions League Group C football match between Celtic and Manchester City at Celtic Park stadium in Glasgow, Scotland on September 28, 2016. / AFP / OLI SCARFF        (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)

In Switzerland, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has handed a surprise start to centre-back Rob Holding at the expense of Shkodran Mustafi.

Wenger is playing with fire at a ground where some of England’s biggest sides have struggled, but undoubtedly has faith in the young English defender. Lucas Pérez starts on the wing in place of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, with Alex Iwobi on the other flank, while David Ospina (as expected) starts ahead of Petr Cech in goal, Aaron Ramsey comes in for Francis Coquelin, and Kieran Gibbs is in for Nacho Monreal.

Arsenal's French manager Arsene Wenger (R) greets Basel's Swiss coach Urs Fischer ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group A football match between Arsenal and FC Basel at The Emirates Stadium in London on September 28, 2016. / AFP / IKIMAGES / Glyn KIRK        (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)

FC Basel make four changes from the side that lost to Young Boys at the weekend – Traore, Elyounoussi, Serey Die and Janko all come in for Urs Ficher’s side.

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