Arsenal have the opportunity to register a fourth successive win across all competitions when they face Manchester United in the Premier League on Monday night.
The Gunners have had a dismal record at Old Trafford with no league wins since the 2006/07 season but they should go into the forthcoming game with plenty of optimism with the Red Devils missing a number of key attacking players through injuries.
Emiliano Martinez picked up his second clean sheet of the season during the Gunners’ 5-0 triumph over Nottingham Forest in midweek and he has since been rewarded with a call-up to the Argentine national side. Still, he should drop to the bench for the upcoming league clash with Bernd Leno regarded as the undisputed choice in goal for the top-flight duties.
In the defence, Emery may not consider any changes from the previous league game against Aston Villa. Both Rob Holding and Kieran Tierney will be available after they skipped the Under-23s game but the manager may prefer to go with the same combination from last weekend.
In this case, David Luiz and Sokratis start at the heart of the defence with Sead Kolasinac and Ainsley Maitland-Niles in the left and right-back positions respectively. Calum Chambers has excelled from the right side of the defence in the past two games but Maitland-Niles may be chosen ahead of him, primarily to the fact that he is much quicker when it comes to tracking back when the opposition are on the attack.
In the midfield, there are no doubts regarding the selection. With Granit Xhaka named as the new Arsenal captain, it appears certain that the Swiss will take up one of the midfield slots. Matteo Guendouzi is another, who should unquestionably make the starting XI after orchestrating the comeback against Villa with a dominant second half display.
For the third midfield spot, Emery has the likes of Lucas Torreira, Joe Willock, Mesut Ozil and Dani Ceballos to call upon, but he may fancy the latter. Ceballos offers a balance between attack and defence with his versatility and his distribution remains another strong point to make the starting XI ahead of the rest.
Further forward, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is certain to lead the line after his midweek rest. Nicolas Pepe is likewise expected to feature on the right wing while the young Bukayo Saka should get the nod on the opposite flank. The youngster was lively during his first league start last weekend but was unfortunately sacrificed at half time after Maitland-Niles’ sending off.
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