It is too early really to be predicting the Arsenal line-up to face Man Utd on Monday evening, we have to await team news and who is up to match fitness and so forth. However, that does not mean we cannot debate the sort of team we think that Unai Emery should go with at Old Trafford.
Bernd Leno will remain in goal, he is still the number one keeper, but at least there is good competition now with the emergence of Martinez.
I would like to see an almost new defence of Rob Holding and Shkodran Mustafi in the centre, Kieran Tierney on the left and Calum Chambers on the right, as Bellerin is not fully match fit. Now, I know some of you may be shocked at Mustafi there, but for me, he is playing better than David Luiz has this season and I have said it before, the German was our best defender at the end of last season.
Torreira is starting to look as if he is ideally suited to the defensive midfielder role. Dani Ceballos can be the creative influence and Joe Willock as the box to box player, which means no place for Matteo Guendouzi, I know, right?
Nicolas Pepe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pick themselves for now, although Pepe has to do more if he wants to continue being an automatic pick, And I would have Saka instead of Nelson as the third forward player.
So, my ideal team would be…
I accept that there will be debate over Mustafi, Guendouzi, Ozil, Nelson, Xhaka and Luiz, and that it is very unlikely that the eleven I would like to see take to the field will be the team that Emery selects, but as I said at the start, this is not a prediction, but the team I would like Emery to go with.
One last thing, isn’t it great that we have some decent squad depth at long last?