Manchester United are not in the best place right now, they are struggling for form, they are missing some crucial players through injury and their manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under severe pressure. Basically, how Arsenal have been recently.
The assumption is that this is the best time to be facing United, that may well be right, however, it would be foolhardy to underestimate the Red Devils, especially at Old Trafford.
United still have an abundance of top talent running through their squad, they spent some serious money in the summer and all those new signings are likely to face Arsenal on Monday. Additionally, they have a solid core of experienced players with a sprinkling of youth thrown in and are more than capable of beating any top-six side in Manchester.
What a signing he has been, he frightens the hell out of opponents and at this minute in time is probably United’s best-performing player. If he is shackled then Arsenal will have a much better chance of winning the game, if not, they could be in for a torrid time.
The 31-year-old is not at his best right now but he has a tremendous shot and when he is on his game can be unplayable in the middle of the park. The Serbian cannot be allowed to get control of the midfield, which he is more than capable of doing.
He is a top-quality defender and poses a significant danger at set-pieces. Aubameyang will have to be at his very best if he is to get the better of the Englishman and the Arsenal defence will have to be on their toes, especially at corners.