Arsenal starting XI to face Man United with NO Giroud

Despite all the talk in the media about the Premier League clash between Arsenal and Manchester United having lost a lot of it’s glamour and importance in the last 10 years, the match at the Emirates stadium today is massive, there is no doubt about it, especially for both clubs.

To be honest, with Liverpool, Everton and Tottenham all struggling as well, there is a good chance that both clubs will finish in the top four, but whoever wins today will take a big step towards it and lay a big blow on their rivals. Arsenal could finish as high as fourth place if we win, while a loss could see us drop to as low as 12th place, so it is clear how important it is to win.

So Arsene Wenger will be very glad to have Mikel Arteta and Olivier Giroud back from injury, although I think he will only start our captain, deploying him as the deepest lying midfielder in a 4-1-4-1 formation. With Danny Welbeck fit and the big Frenchman just back, Wenger will start with the in form England international as the centre forward, with Alexis Sanchez behind him but with freedom to roam.

And I think that Jack Wilshere will get the nod over Aaron Ramsey because his form is better and the form as well as the pace of his international team mate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will mean he will start on the right. I would like to see Lukas Podolski on the left but I expect Wenger to stick with Santi Cazorla.

Chambers, Mertesacker, Monreal, Gibbs
Chamberlain, Alexis, Wilshere, Cazorla

As long as we don’t do anything stupid, again, this Arsenal side should be more than a match for man United. COYG

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