[4-2-3-1] Best Possible Arsenal Starting XI vs Man United

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Mikel Arteta must run the rule over Kieran Tierney (calf), Emile Smith Rowe (muscle) and Thomas Partey (knock) ahead of Arsenal’s meeting with Manchester United on Saturday evening.

The trio are thought to be training in the build-up to the weekend fixture with the Gunners’ manager explaining he would have to see how they “evolve” in the short-turnaround.

There is also a doubt over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (personal reasons) who has not featured for Arsenal since the 3-0 win over Newcastle in Gameweek 19.

Arteta revealed that “things are looking better at the moment but we’re going to have to wait and see” and he admitted he was uncertain over whether the player would face quarantine issues as a result of travelling.

Nicolas Pépé’s display at Southampton should be enough to earn a second successive start on the left-hand side of the attacking midfield if Aubameyang is not available while Willian is likely to occupy the number 10 role depending on Smith Rowe’s race to be fit.

Cédric and Hector Bellerín were handed the full-back berths at St. Mary’s and, considering Arteta was quoted in his Thursday press conference as saying Ainsley Maitland-Niles needs to work hard to prove he can start, they should be involved again, provided Tierney doesn’t shrug off his calf problem.

With Dani Ceballos (lack of match fitness) a doubt, Mohamed Elneny looks first in line to replace Partey should he not be fit in time while Rob Holding and David Luiz have started the last three Premier League matches together.

Gabriel is an alternative while Pablo Marí (calf) is a doubt as he “probably” returns to training this week, according to Arteta.

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