Arsenal faces Man United, looks to reach Premier League top four
Arsenal face Manchester United on Thursday night, with the Gunners looking to break into England’s Premier League top four.
A win for Arsenal would move them to 26 points for the season and eight ahead of Thursday's opponents Man United, with the Gunners currently unbeaten in their last three visits to Old Trafford.
Arsenal’s’ last defeat to Manchester United dates back to April 2018.
Goals from Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli saw Arsenal win 2-0 against Newcastle in their last Premier League outing, but after Saka was forced off on Saturday with a knock, the winger is now a doubt for the clash with United.
Arteta stated he is hopeful of having the 20-year-old available for Thursday, but the boss may not want to risk Saka if he isn't fully fit.
After his goal for the Gunners when replacing Saka last weekend, Thursday could hand Martinelli a chance to carry his momentum forward and start in his place.
Granit Xhaka and Sead Kolasinac remain sidelined for the trip to Old Trafford, whilst Nuno Tavares is set to remain in the starting XI, despite Kieran Tierney being back to full fitness.
Shifting to a 4-3-3 in principle would give United protection in defence, with Scott McTominay able to drop back, a conduit between the defence and attack in Fred, and an out-and-out playmaker in Donny van de Beek to support the front three. United could switch between systems in and out of possession.
Cristiano Ronaldo's place in the team should not even be up for debate.