Arsenal: Arteta previews Man Utd clash in Premier League
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expected to recall several big guns to the starting XI after being left with egg on his face in midweek against Sheffield United. The Norwegian was keen to keep things fresh ahead of the trip to north London but the tweaks to his team proved costly as the Blades stunned Old Trafford to win 2-1.
He remains confident his side will respond though when they travel to Arsenal this evening, with the Gunners enjoying a fine run of form themselves.
Mikel Arteta’s side beat United at Old Trafford in November and will be keen to follow suit in the reverse fixture, as they look to close the gap on the top four.
Solskjaer is expected to make four changes to his starting XI, as he looks to execute another counter-attacking masterclass.
David de Gea should keep his place in goal, despite a poor display against Sheffield United.
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Eric Bailly should slot back in alongside Harry Maguire at the heart of defence as Axel Tuanzebe drops out.
The Ivorian is expected to travel south as he returns from a knock in training.
Luke Shaw will also replace Alex Telles, despite the Brazilian’s assist for Maguire.
Fred also comes back in from the bench to partner Paul Pogba at the base of midfield.
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Anthony Martial picked up a shoulder problem in midweek but is expected to be part of the squad.
His poor form means he could drop to the bench though, as Edinson Cavani comes back in to lead the line.
Mason Greenwood should keep his place on the right, as Marcus Rashford moves over to the left.
Solskjaer confirmed yesterday that both Bailly and Martial should be fit to face the Gunners.
“They’re okay,” he told MUFC TV. “We’re still a good group all working together.
“Once in a while, we just hit a low like we did on Wednesday, but we’re good to go again.”
Arsenal could be without Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang again for the crunch meeting, due to personal reasons.
Thomas Partey is expected to be fit though while Martin Odegaard could make his debut.
Expected Man Utd XI vs Arsenal: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Bailly, Shaw; Fred, Pogba; Rashford, Fernandes, Greenwood; Cavani.
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