Manchester United will lock horns with Arsenal at the Emirates on Saturday afternoon, hoping to pick up a positive result away from home. The Red Devils will be coming into the match on the back of an embarrassing 4-0 defeat to arch-rivals Liverpool, whereas the Gunners recorded a stunning 4-2 victory over Chelsea.
Takehiro Tomiyasu (calf) and Alexandre Lacazette (COVID) remain doubtful for the upcoming fixture.
“With Laca we are assessing him today to see if he is available with the team,” he said.” – Arteta revealed before the Chelsea game.
“Obviously as you all know he had Covid so he’s been away for a few days. So we’re trying to get [how] he’s feeling and where he’s at if he can contribute somehow with the team.”
“Tomi is very, very close. Whether this game is going to be too early for him or not, again we will decide it today after the training session.”
Thomas Partey and Kieran Tierney remain sidelined for the long term.
Mikel Arteta will probably opt for the 4-2-3-1 formation with a couple of tweaks from the last game, as Gabriel Martinelli looks likely to make his way back into the starting eleven.
4-2-3-1 Arsenal Predicted Lineup Vs Manchester United
Aaron Ramsdale will operate in between the sticks for the upcoming home encounter. The English shot-stopper would hope to put up a strong performance and secure a clean sheet on Saturday.
Gabriel Magalhaes will continue to form the centre-half partnership with Rob Holding at the heart of Arsenal’s backline.
Nuno Tavares is a guaranteed starter at the left-back position, whereas Ben White might fill in on the other flank as the right-back. The duo would be looking to stretch the opposition backline and create meaningful chances for the front-men.
Granit Xhaka and Martin Odegaard will fulfil the holding midfield positions, with the former occupying a more defensive role. Emile Smith Rowe will slot into the attacking midfield role.
Smith Rowe will be accompanied by Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka on either side, playing on the left and right-wing, respectively.
Eddie Nketiah will lead the line for the hosts against Manchester United on Saturday. The 22-year-old striker will fancy his chances of finding the back of the net when he faces off against the United defence that has conceded nine goals in their last five matches across all competitions.
Alexandre Lacazette will have to settle for a place on the bench, but he might be called upon in the latter stages of the game if needed.