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Should Arsenal drop Ozil and Giroud for United clash?

Mertesacker Podolski Giroud

We take a look at three players Arsene Wenger should start with against Manchester United in order to get three points and put the nightmare of Anfield behind him.

Arsenal were knocked from top spot embarrassingly via a heavy away defeat at Liverpool in Saturday's Premier League early kick-off, preluding a Chelsea win later in the day.

The number of individual mistakes from Arsenal players were countless as Liverpool managed to breakthrough a ridiculously lacklustre back four with ease, netting five times within the hour mark.

The defence was poorly organised, allowing acres of space for Liverpool's attacking three to exploit at will, which they did on a number of occasions. The defending for the two set-pieces Liverpool scored from was laughable, showing how tactically naive and half-hearted the defensive unit actually were.

What was possibly worse than the back four's organisation was the inexplicably lack of protection from midfield unit and how difficult it seemed for Giroud to make the ball stick upfront.

In the game against Manchester United, few would argue changes are needed and deserved in order to keep a freshness and Arsenal producing high-energy performances.

Arsene Wenger identified the faults just after the hour mark, bringing Monreal, Ozil and Giroud off soon after the fifth goal went in.

He brought in Tomas Rosicky, Kieran Gibbs and Lukas Podolski all of which performed more admirably than their predecessors in the game.

Therefore, I would swap the three that went off against Liverpool with the three that came on and hope for a similar reaction, as seven of Arsenal's 11 shots came after the substitutions were made, also scoring from a penalty after Gerrard brought Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain down in the box.

The game against Manchester United could go down as one of the biggest games between the two rivals since the early 00s, as both sides are desperate for a win to keep their seasonal aspirations still going.

A loss for either side is likely to provoke a huge negative reaction from the supporters, which players and managers will be desperate to avoid.

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