Manchester United welcome Arsenal in the Premier League this weekend for what will be the Gunners’ biggest test of the season, so how is their squad doing in terms of injuries and fitness?

Manchester United's Dutch manager Erik ten Hag gestures on the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Manchester United at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on September 1, 2022..(Photo by GEOFF CADDICK/AFP via Getty Images)
Manchester United’s Dutch manager Erik ten Hag gestures on the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Manchester United at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on September 1, 2022..(Photo by GEOFF CADDICK/AFP via Getty Images)

We already know that Arsenal will be without Mohamed Elneny, Thomas Partey, and Oleksandr Zinchenko for Sunday’s game while doubts remain over Aaron Ramsdale and Martin Odegaard.

In short, Arsenal are in the worst position they’ve been in all season in terms of squad availability at the worst possible time.

Manchester United are set to be without Anthony Martial this weekend while they also have doubts over Luke Shaw and Aaron Wan-Bissaka after all three missed their  game against Leicester during the week.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 22: Anthony Martial of Manchester United in action during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool FC at Old Trafford on August 22, 2022 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – AUGUST 22: Anthony Martial of Manchester United in action during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool FC at Old Trafford on August 22, 2022 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

“It’s difficult to say when I talk about Luke Shaw and Aaron, but Anthony Martial will not be involved on Sunday,” Erik ten Hag told reporters at his press match press conference. “I cannot tell at this moment [when Martial will be back].”

United have named the same lineup for their last three wins but it is not clear if ten Hag will stick with the same starting XI.

“I have seen Arsenal, a tough opponent, they have started really well as we all know in the season, and you can see there is a team who are [a] long [time] together, with a coach who brings his philosophy in the team,” ten Hag said.

“So, this is a good test and I’m really looking forward [to it]. We will pick the right XI to start but as you see, it’s not only a team, we have a squad and also, today (Thursday), the subs who came on did really well so I’m happy with that.

“That is what we have to construct further.”

‘A long time together’ lol.

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