Predicted lineup of Arsenal ahead of Manchester United clash
Mikel Arteta takes his team to Old Trafford in the mid-week clash against Michael Carrick’s Manchester United.
Ralf Rangnick not being able to manage the game against Arsenal will definitely be looked as a boost by the club’s faithful. Everybody knows that new manager bounce is pretty real. Thus, the Gunners could have been unfortunate.
Regardless, winning at Old Trafford Is something the North London outfit have found extremely difficult. In the past 16 years, Arsenal have won just twice in the league at the Red Devils’ fortress.
When u find out Rangnick isn’t manager for the Arsenal vs Man Utd game pic.twitter.com/60kONexCVi
— raph. (@theonlyrmo) November 30, 2021
Despite the United team being in a bit of a mess, Arteta’s men need to be at their best to have a good chance of coming home with three points.
But what’s the best line-up the club manager should go with?
Seeing Aaron Ramsdale between the posts is becoming quite a theme now. Having been one of Arsenal’s best players this season, his place is in least danger.
Nuno Tavares is the only player who has been able to break the back four’s partnership of Takehiro Tomiyasu, Ben White, Gabriel and Kieran Tierney.
His entry was helped by Tierney’s injury, and most fans expected the Scotsman to be back after his recovery. However, the young full-back has taken his opportunity in the best possible manner.
BREAKING: Carrick will be in charge for United's game v Arsenal on Thursday.
Another former United player for Arteta to beat then… pic.twitter.com/3zDIkZlIZn
— Av (@aviv_lavi) November 30, 2021
The night at Anfield wasn’t nice but Arteta stuck with him for the match against Newcastle United, and he justified his boss’ trust on him.
But the match against United comes just five days after the previous weekend’s clash so I expect Arteta to pick Tierney.
And in the end, any left back would have a hard time keeping Tierney out of the team, let alone a 21-year-old Tavares, who’s still in his debut season in the Premier League.
The partnership of Thomas Partey and Albert Sambi Lokonga was solid against Eddie Howe’s men. Thus, there is no need to change what’s not been broken.
With Bukayo Saka apparently injured, the fans might question who’s the best option available off the bench. Some might say it’s Nicolas Pepe while others will point out that Gabriel Martinelli deserves a chance.
Some fans are a bit more optimistic…
Say whatever you want but Arsenal will smoke the hell out of Manchester United next at OT, we are Arsenal, we don't care and we win whenever we want! Bring them on.
— Saliba 🔴 🇵🇸 (@SalibaEra_) November 28, 2021
Majority of fans would agree that the latter’s case is stronger than the former’s. The Ivorian has largely struggled to have a major impact, excluding a few purple patches.
And I am in a boat who feels that he should be sold because I believe he will struggle to have a genuine impacts for long durations of time in the future too.
Happiness in one picture 💫 pic.twitter.com/VbgZc3A8og
— Gabriel Martinelli (@gabimartinelli) November 27, 2021
I expect Martin Odegaard to start in Manchester, even though he was pretty sloppy in the first half against Newcastle. Maybe he needed a match to sharpen his match skills.
And if it doesn’t work out then, obviously, we can sub the Norwegian off. On the left-hand side Emile Smith Rowe should be expected to retain his place.
At the top, I would go with Alexander Lacazette. Club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hasn’t looked his previous self in front of goal, and I think he needs some time off.
Meanwhile Lacazette has been a breath of fresh air, despite his contractual situation. Leaders like him are hard to find and thus I would also give him the captain’s armband.
Arsenal’s senior players need to step up on Thursday man. Auba and Partey in particular need to rise it. The young ones have been carrying them man so far
— Tony Soprano (@SVCarbaholic) November 29, 2021
I would not be against choosing an attacking quartet of Martinelli, Smith Rowe and Pepe, with Lacazette leading the line.
They have the ability to create havoc at United’s perch. At the same time, I believe it’s highly unlikely that Arteta will pick that lineup.
But all my prayers this week will be directed at Bukayo Saka. I am just hoping to see his face in the starting 11 come Thursday.
A quartet of Martinelli, Smith Rowe, Saka and Lacazette is more exciting. In Lacazette, the young guns have someone who can hold the play while can also link up with great effectiveness.
Tomiyasu White Gabriel Tierney
Martinelli Odegaard Smith Rowe