Arsenal Pre-Man Utd Team News & Injury Update

By on April 25, 2013

Arsenal welcome newly-crowned Premier League champions Manchester United to the Emirates on Sunday. Here, Arsenal writer ‘GoonerMac’ gives us the latest team news.

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The 2012/13 Premier League champions come to the Emirates this weekend as we look to boost our hopes of a top-four finish with a win over Manchester United on Sunday.

Ahead of the game, boss Arsene Wenger has given Arsenal.com a team news and injury update and it looks like we’re going to have a strong squad available with all the players (expect Olivier Giroud) who beat Fulham last week in contention.

Obviously striker Giroud misses the game after seeing his appeal for last weeks sending off rejected by the FA, so he’ll start his three-match ban this weekend.

Wenger also confirmed that goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski will once again miss out after failing to recover from a rib injury, meaning Wojciech Szczesny is expected to continue between the sticks. Here’s what the boss told the clubs official website:

on team news…

The players who played last week at Flham should all be available. We lose Giroud of course because he’s suspended but that’s it.

on Fabianski…

Fabianski is not available. It’s still week-to-week for him.

Midfielder Jack Wilshere came off the bench to play the final 20 minutes at Craven Cottage and he’s expected to be recalled to the starting line-up, possibly at the expense of Tomas Rosicky.

The big question mark will be who replaces Grioud. My personal choice would be for Lukas Podolski to be given a chance through the middle but I wouldn’t be surprised if Wenger went with Gervinho after the Ivorian starting off the season playing in the striking role.

Kieran Gibbs may also come back in at left-back but other than that it should be the same team that beat Fulham.

What would your preferred starting line-up for the game? Get involved in the comments section below.

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11 Comments

  1. Coleon

    April 25, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    “I wouldn’t be surprise if gervinho start”..gervinho has fluff tons of chances already!..he can’t simply Finnish

  2. ayodele

    April 25, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Ramsey should come in as a sub. Gervinho will be good at the centre forward.

  3. Victoria Maleko

    April 25, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    I would prefer Podolski than Gervihno

  4. Oluwatosin

    April 25, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    I except podoski 2 start as a striker and use carsola,jack,wakot behind him my dear ramsey arteta as box2box and defensive midfielder sagna. matty. Kossa and gibb as back four and seciny as keeper

  5. Al qur rilone

    April 25, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    The xi starting is ok,bur d sub wil win d match 4 d gunnar

  6. Peter ebus

    April 25, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    As For me i would prefer. Scezney as goalkeeper. Defenders are. Sagna, metesacker, koscienly and monreal.
    Midfielders are Cazorla, Arteta and Wilshere.
    Strikers should be walcott on the right wing, podolski at the top 9 (centre) and Arsharvin at the left wing. Because Arsharvin is the only Arsenal player i see that will use his physical power and skills to break the defence of man united. And i see Arsharvin scoring 2 goals and creating 1 assist if Arsene Wenger should use him.

    Subtitute> Manone, Vermalen, Jenkison, Ramsey, Chamberlain, Rosicky and Gervinho.

    If wenger should abide to my formation that means Arsenal is ending the game with 3 points.

  7. Peter ebus

    April 25, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    As For me i would prefer. Scezney as goalkeeper. Defenders are. Sagna, metesacker, koscienly and monreal.
    Midfielders are Cazorla, Arteta and Wilshere.
    Strikers should be walcott on the right wing, podolski at the top 9 (centre) and Arsharvin at the left wing. Because Arsharvin is the only Arsenal player i see that will use his physical power and skills to break the defence of man united. And i see Arsharvin scoring 2 goals and creating 1 assist if Arsene Wenger should use him.

  8. Adewale Olusegun

    April 25, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    Scencney sagna mat kosc Gibs Arteta Cazorla Wilshere Walcot Gerviho Podolski

  9. Silas

    April 26, 2013 at 12:05 am

    D start shld be manone, sagna, mata, kosc, gibbs, arteta, ram, carzo, podolski, gervinho, walcot. Subs: scezn, verma, rosciky, ox.

  10. joe

    April 26, 2013 at 2:09 am

    wenger shud start rosicky, wen nid experiance n flexibility. Som1 wu cn fre d bal fast. Wilshere is gud bt he lyks holdin on d bal 4 2 lng, we dnt nid dat. Up front 4 me is poldoski.

  11. 9URAIN

    April 26, 2013 at 3:47 am

    al we nyd is plyr dat cn mrk nt d 1s dat hld on bll fmatn szesny,gibbs,kos,merte,sagna,arte,rams,sant,ros,oxl,poldi

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