Match to be played on Sunday 10th November 2013 at 16:10. Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester.
Arsenal will be full of confidence heading into this Sunday’s Premier League clash against Manchester United.
The Gunners sit top of the Premier League with a five point cushion over the sides in second, third and fourth places and they come off the back of an impressive win away at Borussia Dortmund.
Arsene Wenger has a couple of tough selection decisions to make as he toys over whether to stick with the same side that won in Germany or to inject a couple of players back into the starting eleven.
Here’s the side he may go with.
GK – Wojciech Szczesny
The Polish goalkeeper has been ever reliable for the club this season. He’s got great command over his penalty area and will be determined to make sure that the back four in front of him isn’t breached.
RB – Bacary Sagna
Sagna should continue in the right-back role where he’s been superb this season. He can use his experience to contain whoever plays against him on that side of the pitch and he’ll be vital for the Gunners, when he gets the chance to get forward and support attacks.
CB – Per Mertesacker
Mertesacker will continue in the heart of the defence. He’s looked like a real quality defender so far this season and he’s well suited to cope against the aggression and strength of Manchester United forwards Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney.
CB – Laurent Koscielny
The Frenchman has forged a very good relationship with Mertesacker and he’ll play on the left side of central defence. Koscielny is the quicker of the pair, which means he’ll be doing more of the recovery work if Arsenal get caught high up the field.
LB – Kieran Gibbs
This is a very big test for Gibbs as he’s likely to be faced up against Antonio Valencia. Valencia is one of the quickest wingers around, which means Gibbs could be on the back foot for a lot of the match. However, he’s kept several top wide players in his pocket already this season.
RM – Santi Cazorla
Cazorla may start out on the right but don’t expect him to stay there. He’ll move into central positions when Sagna is able to get forward and provide width down that side of the pitch. Cazorla has been superb for the club since he returned from a slight injury problem.
DM – Mikel Arteta
Arteta really got stuck in against Borussia Dortmund, making his presence known in a competitive midfield area. He should keep his place but Arsene Wenger's biggest headache this weekend will be whether to drop him and bring Flamini back.
CM – Aaron Ramsey
Not much needs to be said about Aaron Ramsey, he’s simply been the best midfielder in the Premier League this season. United will need to do a very good job containing him and keeping him quiet because he can pop up in awkward areas which makes him a constant danger.
AM – Mesut Ozil
Ozil certainly won’t be phased by a trip to Old Trafford and he’ll be very determined to pull the strings. He’ll play in behind the main striker, dropping deeper into central midfield when Arsenal take a bit of pressure from the champions.
LM – Tomas Rosicky
Rosicky is offering a great deal of control wherever he plays at the moment. He doesn’t seem to be bothered by playing on either side of the pitch and he protects the ball well, playing simple football that allows Arsenal to stay on top in big games.
ST – Olivier Giroud
The French striker will lead the attack and he’ll have to be at his very best. His job is to occupy both central defenders, creating space for others to exploit around him. He should also be confident that if a half chance falls his way, he’s good enough to put it away regardless of difficulty.
How do you see the match panning out?