UPDATE: CONFIRMED LINE-UP – Cech, Monreal, Jenkinson, Koscielny, Mustafi, Coquelin, Elneny, Ramsey, Ozil, Walcott, Sanchez
Arsene Wenger and Arsenal will be looking to end their hoodoo against Jose Mourinho when they take on Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.
The North London club have slipped to fourth place in the title race after they were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Tottenham prior to the international break with the result leaving them two points off leaders Liverpool.
It’s only a small gap and a win at the theater of dreams would see us go top ahead of the Merseysiders trip to Southampton. Hopefully the Gunners don’t waste this chance of putting some pressure on our title rivals.
United on the other hand are struggling with just one win in five in the league and are down in sixth place and playing catch-up already, eight points off top spot despite their large expenditure and hiring of manager Jose.
Arsene Wenger is yet to record a single Premier League win against a side managed by Mourinho. Hopefully today will be the day the French boss will finally end that run.
Wenger will make a late decision over Sanchez after the striker suffered a hamstring injury during training while on international duty.
However, he did manage to play through 84 minutes, scoring 2 goals during Chile’s win over Uruguay on Tuesday. So, he is likely to start the game unless there are any last minute hiccups.
Bellerin will definitely miss the game after being ruled out for over a month with an ankle injury so the Gunners boss has a huge void to fill. There are plenty of options available but it’s likely that we’ll see Jenkinson coming in at right-back.
Cazorla remains out with an achilles injury so Xhaka should keep his place in midfield but it would be interesting to see whether Wenger will gamble on playing Ramsey ahead of Coquelin.
As for United, they have similar injury concerns with Bailly, Smalling, Valencia and Fellaini all set to miss the game while Ibrahimovic is out through suspension.
However, Rooney has been passed fit after recovering from a minor knee injury while Shaw is also in contention.
Jenkinson, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal;
Walcott, Ozil, Iwobi;
Manchester United: 4-1-4-1: De Gea; Darmian, Jones, Rojo, Blind; Carrick; Mata, Herrera, Pogba, Lingard; Rashford.
What do you think guys? Can Wenger finally get past Mourinho?
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