Arsenal make the trip to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United in Sunday’s Premier League meeting. The Gunners come off a disappointing 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final and this may tempt Arsene Wenger to rest a few players ahead of the return fixture at Wanda Metropolitano.
Petr Cech has not featured in the past two games for Arsenal and he should make his comeback from a hip problem on Sunday. The veteran has kept just one league clean sheet since the turn of the year.
In defence, Hector Bellerin is likely to maintain his right-back position but Nacho Monreal could be replaced by Sead Kolasinac, who has sparingly been used during the backend of the Premier League season.
Likewise in central defence, Laurent Koscielny could be rested for the midweek fixture and this may witness Calum Chambers partnering Shkodran Mustafi at the heart of the Gunners’ backline.
Onto the midfield, Wenger is likely to field a three-man combination in order to curb United’s counter-attacking threat and this could witness starts for Granit Xhaka, Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey.
Mohamed Elneny has been the ideal backup for the Premier League duties of late but unfortunately, Wenger may not be able to utilise the Egyptian after a season-ending ankle injury last weekend.
Further forward, Henrikh Mkhitaryan may not be risked from the starting lineup despite his return to fitness and as such, we are backing Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to start on the right and left wing respectively.
Alexandre Lacazette was unquestionably Arsenal’s standout performer against Atletico Madrid as he capped off the performance with a goal and he should lead the line on Sunday. He now has seven goals in as many games since recovering from a knee surgery this month.
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