[4-2-3-1] Arsenal XI vs Man Utd: Lacazette, Ramsey, Iwobi likely to Start as 5 changes made

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Apart from long-term absentees Hector Bellerín (knee), Danny Welbeck (ankle) and Rob Holding (knee), Arsenal reported no injury concerns ahead of the visit of Manchester United.

Lucas Torreira begins a three-match ban, however, so Matteo Guendouzi is set to be paired with Granit Xhaka in central midfield again.

A strong Arsenal side were defeated 3-1 by Rennes on Thursday night and Unai Emery said on Friday that he needs “fresh players” and “players with energy” when United visit the Emirates.

The likes of Aaron Ramsey, Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac could come into contention, then, with Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang potentially making way – as they did in the north London derby.

Aubameyang, indeed, was particularly unimpressive in the Europa League defeat and the rested Lacazette (who missed out through suspension) looks poised for a recall.

Alex Iwobi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan impressed again and could retain their starts, with Iwobi given a breather when he was hooked on 53 minutes following Sokratis’ red card.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles could be promoted to the starting XI if Mkhitaryan needs a rest, though Denis Suarez has done little so far to warrant a first Premier League start and surely wouldn’t be thrown into the deep end against the in-form Red Devils.

Maitland-Niles, Stefan Lichtsteiner and Carl Jenkinson are alternatives to Shkodran Mustafi at right-back, with Kolasinac a fresh option at left-back given that veteran Nacho Monreal completed 90 minutes on Thursday.


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