Ramsey starts as Emery makes 5 changes | Expected Arsenal line-up vs Man Utd
Arsenal take on Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. Here is the side Gooner Mac thinks Unai Emery will select for the game:
Arsenal will be looking to climb into the top four with a win over rivals Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Here is the side Gooner Mac thinks Unai Emery will select for the game:
Goalkeeper: Petr Cech started against Rennes on Thursday night and actually kept us in the Europa League tie with some solid saves but Bernd Leno is expected to return between the sticks against Manchester United.
Defence: Emery has deployed a back four in recent games and could stick with that system on Sunday. Shkodran Mustafi has started at right-back against both Tottenham and Rennes so we could see the German defender retain his place against United with Hector Bellerin still out. Stephan Lichtsteiner wasn’t picked in the squad on Thursday while Emery also overlooked Ainsley Maitland-Niles so Mustafi could get the nod again.
Sokratis will be disappointed with his sending off against Rennes but the Greek international is certain to keep his place alongside Laurent Koscielny against Man Utd. Nacho Monreal has been solid in the last two games but the Arsenal boss may freshen things up with Sead Kolasinac coming in at left-back.
Midfield: Lucas Torreira is suspended against United after being sent off during the 1-1 draw at Tottenham last weekend so Matteo Guendouzi is expected to start alongside Granit Xhaka on Sunday.
Attack: Alexandre Lacazette was suspended against Rennes on Thursday and won’t be available for the second leg next week either so it makes sense that the French international will be recalled to start against Man Utd on Sunday.
Pierre-Emerick Auabmeyang may be Arsenal’s top scorer this season but the Gabon international has hit a rough patch of form so I wouldn’t be surprised to see him drop to the bench this weekend.
Mesut Ozil started against Rennes and was influential in the first half but Emery has rarely trusted him in the big games this season so I think Arsenal’s highest earner will be named among the substitutes against United.
Aaron Ramsey put-in a real shift against Tottenham and he knows how big these games against Man Utd are for Arsenal so I think he’ll be recalled to start in the advanced midfield role ahead of Ozil.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been playing well recently so I see him keeping his place against his former club while Alex Iwobi is also expected to be retained in attack meaning Denis Suarez will once again miss out.
The Spaniard has really struggled to make an impression since joining Arsenal on loan from Barcelona in January and the attacker will once again be consigned to a substitutes role against Man Utd.
Here is how I think we’ll see Arsenal line-up:
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