Savage picks combined United & Arsenal XI: Fellaini over Ramsey!

Robbie Savage

The ex Leicester City midfielder made some big decisions when choosing a current eleven from Manchester United and Arsenal.

Ahead of the crunch game between Arsenal and Manchester United at the Emirates on Saturday evening, BBC pundit Robbie Savage has been discussing the game with some typically controversial observations.

Not least, the former Wales star's choice of what he thinks is the strongest side from the players Manchester United and Arsenal currently have available.

Making some interesting choices along the way, Savage was sure to offer plenty of talking points ahead of the meeting between two of the country's biggest clubs.

David de Gea; Chris Smalling, Per Mertesacker, Jonny Evans, Kieran GIbbs - Defence was an area the 40-year-old felt there was very little choice. Right back in particular is a position that both clubs have struggled to regularly fill, though Savage went for the returning Chris Smalling ahead of Calum Chambers, who suffered a torrid game against Swansea last time out. David de Gea and Kieran Gibbs are chosen as goalkeeper and left back respectively. 

Championing Per Mertesacker as a leader, Savage goes with Jonny Evans alongside him merely because 'he cannot do any worse than the other options.'

Jack Wilshere, Marouane Fellaini - It is in midfield that Savage makes perhaps his most surprising selections. Clearly impressed with the recent form of last year's United flop Marouane Fellaini, as well as Jack Wilshere's England performances, the pundit ignores Arsenal star and fellow Welshman Aaron Ramsey, who has struggled since his return from injury, despite feeling that 'Wilshere is much better when he is further forward.' 

Angel di Maria, Alexis Sanchez, Wayne Rooney - In the forward positions, it is hard to ignore Angel di Maria and Alexis Sanchez, arguably Manchester United's and Arsenal's best players this season and both big-money, and high quality purchases from La Liga. Savage goes with Rooney playing the number 10 role, which leads to another big decision by the ex Wales man...

Danny Welbeck - Welbeck, the player discarded by Louis van Gaal because he didn't score enough goals, is picked up top by Savage, as a result of Rooney playing deeper in his proposed side. Claiming that the 23-year-old will 'have a point to prove to Van Gaal on Saturday and it would not surprise me if he got the decisive goal.'

Depending on your opinion of Savage, that could be seen as some snub for Robin van Persie.

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