Arsenal face Manchester United at Old Trafford on Monday looking to maintain or extend their current lead over their top-four rivals.
Arsenal haven’t won away to Manchester United in the Premier League since Emmanuel Adebayor put away an 86th-minute winner in 2006. The Gunners recorded one victory in the FA Cup in 2014, but in the league, the long three-point drought goes on.
This would be a great time to end it, with the chance to go three points clear of Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur with a win, as well as six points clear of Manchester United.
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Bernd Leno is sure to keep his place, though Emi Martinez is pushing him hard with every appearance. Martinez kept a clean sheet against Nottingham Forest last week, and he’ll probably start the next one against Standard Liege on Thursday.
Matt Macey won’t feature, as he played 90 minutes against Liverpool on Saturday.
Hector Bellerin and Konstantinos Mavropanos both completed 90 minutes for the u23s on Saturday, so neither will be available for this one. Interestingly, both Rob Holding and Kieran Tierney didn’t feature in the u23 match, so they’ll both be available for the trip to Old Trafford.
It seems unlikely either will start though, so soon after their respective returns to the pitch for the first team. David Luiz and Sokratis Papastathopoulos will probably keep their places in the middle, with Sead Kolašinac on the left.
Even in Bellerín’s absence, there’s no certainty over who starts on the right. Ainsley Maitland-Niles is available after serving his suspension in midweek, but Calum Chambers’ excellent performance in that match might put him in contention. If we have to guess though, Maitland-Niles will probably remain in the lineup.
Granit Xhaka was named Arsenal captain in the week, and though Emery insists that won’t inform his team selection, you’d expect the midfielder to start this one.
Matteo Guendouzi is also nailed on to make the lineup in the Premier League at the moment, leaving one spot open for a number of players. Lucas Torreira, Dani Ceballos, Mesut Özil and Joe Willock are all eligible candidates, but in a big game away from home we back Ceballos to get the nod from Emery.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should rejoin the squad after his League Cup rest, and the striker is searching for his eighth goal in eight games. Alexandre Lacazette is still our injured for now.
Nicolas Pépé will be looking to build on his first Arsenal goal last week with another on the big stage against United. The winger also has two assists in his seven appearances (four starts) so far.
As with the midfield, the third spot isn’t easy to predict. Reiss Nelson scores and assisted against Forest, whilst Bukayo Saka recently did the same against Frankfurt. Gabriel Martinelli was also impressive against Forest, scoring twice. Emile Smith Rowe is out after his head injury in the same game.
Saka was unlucky to be sacrificed after Arsenal went down to 10 men against Aston Villa, and he probably has the edge in Emery’s pecking order right now.