Arsenal have the opportunity to enhance their top-four prospects when they entertain Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium in tomorrow’s late kick-off.
The north London side recently suffered a setback in the Europa League round of 16 after a shock 3-1 defeat to Rennes but they need to brush off the disappointment for the visit of Ole’s team.
The Gunners are currently just one point behind United in the league standings for the fourth spot and they need to capitalise on the good home form to leapfrog them in the pursuit of Champions League football for next term.
Bernd Leno should rightfully return between the sticks for the Premier League clash after being unused substituted in the midweek European loss to Rennes. The German has been in good form of late and recently made some top-notch saves in the derby draw against Tottenham Hotspur last weekend.
In the defence, Unai Emery may consider Ainsley Maitland-Niles at right-back, given the youngster should offer more mobility to tackle the threat presented from either Marcus Rashford or Anthony Martial.
Similarly, we are predicting Sead Kolasinac to feature ahead of Nacho Monreal on the opposite after the Spaniard was guilty of a couple of mistakes in the recent Rennes defeat.
At the heart of the backline, Laurent Koscielny and Sokratis should feature, despite the latter’s disappointing red card in the Europa League. The duo are no doubt the best central defensive combination at the moment.
In the midfield, Granit Xhaka and Matteo Guendouzi should feature from the off, considering Lucas Torreira is serving a three-match domestic suspension after his straight red card against Spurs. Guendouzi, in particular, needs a better showing after his ignorance in tracking back for Ismaila Sarr’s goal in midweek.
In the attack front, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi should maintain their positions on the right and left wing respectively with the recent run of good form and we are anticipating Aaron Ramsey to slot into the number 10 position between them.
Alexandre Lacazette should get the chance to lead the line for the second-straight game, given he has been the better performing striker when compared to Aubameyang since February. The Frenchman should be fresh after the midweek absence due to his European suspension.
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