Premier League! Arsenal vs Man United To Battle on Saturday, 6:30pm
Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho resume their long-running rivalry as Arsenal host Premier League rivals Manchester United on Saturday.
Arsenal secured a comfortable 5-0 victory over Huddersfield on Wednesday night result, and head into the Emirates Stadium clash full of confidence as they sit fourth in the table.
United survived a late scare to beat Watford 4-2 at Vicarage Road on Tuesday to cement second place, though Mourinho’s men almost threw away the win after coasting into a three-goal lead against the Hornets.
Mourinho will be hoping for a similar level of ruthlessness against a resolute Arsenal defence, but United cannot afford to be so sloppy at the back with the Gunners in determined form.
Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette will miss Saturday’s match after withdrawing at half-time against Huddersfield with a groin injury.
Olivier Giroud could well start given his brace on Wednesday, though Wenger may be tempted to start Danny Welbeck given the English forward’s impressive record against his former club.
Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard is pushing for another start after an impressive solo goal against Watford, meaning Marcus Rashford may be used as an impact sub.Romelu Lukaku is likely to keep his starting role despite a disjointed display on Tuesday, with a host of misses tempered by two assists.
Arsenal likely starting XI:
Cech; Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal; Bellerin, Xhaka, Ramsey, Kolasinac; Ozil, Sanchez, Welbeck
Man United likely starting XI:
De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Lindelof, Young; Herrera, Fellaini, Pogba; Martial, Lukaku, Lingard