Today is a big day for Arsenal and potentially a pivotal one in this Premier League season, as whoever wins the game will head into the international break with great belief and in a very good position to challenge the leage leaders Man City for the title of champions.
The Gunners need to bounce back after another damaging defeat in the Champions League but we do have that excellent five goal performance at Leicester City last weekend to give us belief and encouragement. There are no real surprises in the team Arsene Wenger has picked, with Ramsey keeping his place on the right and Theo Walcott chosen over Olivier Giroud to lead the line of our attack.
Bellerin, Mertesacker, Gabriel, Monreal
Ramsey, Ozil, Sanchez
Subs: Debuchy, Gibbs, Giroud, Ospina, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Chambers, Campbell.
That is a pretty strong bench but hopefully Wenger will not have to turn to it in adversity. There are likely to be some key battles at the Emirates today, with the pace and movement of Walcott up against the makeshift United back line one that we need to go in our favour.
Van Gaal has gone for two holding midfielders in Carrick and Schweinsteiger and we may need to be very patient to break them down. What we must not do is flood forward and leave ourselves open to a counter attack. Can Arsenal get our game management right and bag three vital points against the old enemy?