This Arsenal Line Up Will Destroy Manchester United’s 4-2-3-1 Formation!
When Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal will travel to Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon, revenge will be on their minds. Apart from the Wenger-Jose Mourinho rivalry that has always made games involving the teams of both these managers spicy ones, Arsenal would fancy their chances of winning their first game against United at Old Trafford in the Premier League since 2011, when an Aaron Ramsey strike had separated both the sides, who were gunning for the title that season.
And since then, a lot has changed. While Arsenal’s manager hasn’t, United have changed three managers and the ambitions and standards of both the clubs have undergone a change. And all of it will come down to both locking horns on Saturday, when Arsene Wenger will renew his long-standing rivalry with his arch-rival- Jose Mourinho.
And here’s how the Gunners are likely to line-up:
GK: Petr Cech
The Czech International has made sure that David Ospina has only played second fiddle to him, as the former Chelsea man has kept six clean sheets in the last ten games in all competitions this season.
While Cech’s form has been patchy, but he has done well in some of the games such as the one against Middlesbrough and was important during Arsenal’s 3-1 win over. The 34-year-old’s performance against his former club during the 3-0 hammering of Antonio Conte’s men proved that why he still is one of the best goalkeepers in the world right now.
RB: Carl Jenkinson
The 24-year-old Englishman has made only a single appearance in all competitions this season and has failed to feature in the Premier League. The presence of Hector Bellerin did keep his football limited, but the Spaniard’s injury issues has handed him a much-needed opportunity to prove his worth in the first-team.
His stint at West Ham last season, which saw him make 20 appearances in the Premier League, certainly proves that he is capable of playing regular first-team football. And the game at Old Trafford provides him the perfect chance.
CB: Shkodran Mustafi
The German has been one of Arsenal’s best players this season, despite having joined this past summer only. The former Valencia, Everton and Sampdoria man has made 15 appearances in all competitions already this season, acting as the defensive wall that the Gunners were yearning for since time immemorial.
The performance against Spurs, which helped the Gunners hold Mauricio Pochettino’s men to a 1-1 draw, saw Mustafi come up with a key-performance. And his completeness as a defender has helped Arsene Wenger’s men a lot.
CB: Laurent Koscielny
Although, the experienced Frenchman was at the receiving end of a nutmeg at the hands of Spurs’ Hueng Min-Son, the moment was in stark contrast to the kind of season he has had. Alongside Mustafi, Koscielny has finally got to play against a defensive partner, who is quicker and stronger than Per Mertesacker. And the partnership is clearly working out quite well.
Koscielny has already appeared 21 times in all competitions this season, popping in with two goals and although, the Frenchman’s last two games were below par ones, but he could be placed within the bracket of being one of the best this season.
LB: Nacho Monreal
The Spaniard returned to first-team action against Spurs after missing the three games prior to that and struggled against the presence Kyle Walker’s presence down the right. He recently scored his first goal for the Spanish national side, after having earned a call-up for Julen Lopetegui’s side.
While the former Malaga man has appeared 12 times for the Gunners this season, he has done well enough to keep Kieran Gibbs away from regular first-team action.
CDM: Granit Xhaka
While comparisons to Saturday’s counterpart Paul Pogba are slightly far-fetched, Xhaka has rightly lived upto the fee that Arsenal signed him for from Andre Schubert’s Borussia Monchengladbach this season. And Santi Cazorla’s absence hasn’t hindered his progress too much.
Xhaka has made eight Premier League appearances this season, scoring once against Hull and getting the second of his Arsenal career against Nottingham Forest in the League Cup. Its quite clear that the Swiss International has already assumed the form of being a fan-favorite at a club that was in need of a tenacious holding midfielder since the departure of Alex Song.
CDM: Francis Coquelin
Someone who was plying his trade with Charlton Athletic two years ago during his loan stint at the London based club, Coquelin has slotted in effortlessly in the midfield, in the absence of Santi Cazorla, despite being a completely different player, when compared to the little Spaniard. Alongside Xhaka, Coquelin came close to overpowering a heavyweight Tottenham midfield.
The Frenchman has appeared nine times in the Premier League this season and has gone about his usual job with a certain degree of nonchalance. And with United likely to play Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba in the heart of the park, Coquelin’s ball winning abilities will be the most crucial part of Arsenal’s strategy at Old Trafford.
LM: Alex Iwobi
One of the breakout sensations of the season already, Iwobi has been one of the best Arsenal players this season, despite showings signs of inconsistency here and there. The Nigerian’s rise to prominence during the fag end of last season has impressed Wenger, who has afforded him a place ahead of Alex Oxlade Chamberlain quite regularly.
Iwobi has appeared 13 times in all competitions this season, assisting thrice and has shown flashes of pace, agility and the hunger to go past the opposition defenders in a lot many games.
CAM: Mesut Ozil
While the German has fallen short of the number of assists he would usually have racked up, if this was any other season, but his general play has been impressive. The absence of a towering target man in the form of Olivier Giroud has been a reason, but Ozil’s slick style of play and passing has been a key for Arsenal to lock open defenses.
The German has made a total 20 appearances in all competitions, racking up only four assists but his goal tally has increased. He has scored as many as eight times, more than he has had at Arsenal at this point, since joining in 2013.
RM: Theo Walcott
Rumors about him looking set to miss out the Old Trafford because his wife is about to give birth to a baby were quashed by his presence at training. The winger, who has asssumed the form of the Theo Walcott we knew from three seasons ago, featured for England in the last two games.
The forward, who has played more as a right winger than as a forward this season, has appeared 11 times this season and his goal tally has taken a bump too. He has racked up just as many goals as Ozil, assisting twice.
Another one of those players whose presence was in a major doubt going into the game, Sanchez’s brace for Chile during the international break proved that he is fit to feature and his presence on the training ground drilled the final nail in the coffin for those rumors.
While Sanchez has been used as an out and out forward by Wenger this season, he has shined in that role after struggling in the first two games against Liverpool and Leicester. And Arsenal could not have afforded to lose him going into such a gargantuan clash. The dynamic Chilean has scored eight times, assisting thrice in 15 appearances.