Will this Arsenal defence be strong enough to keep Man Utd out?

Defence is going to play a major role when Man Utd and Arsenal lock horns in Monday nights Premier League clash at Old Trafford.

Unai Emery has to get it right at the back, especially when you will have a lightening David James running at you or a Harry Maguire flying in at set-pieces.

It is very likely that Kieran Tierney will start in the left wing-back role and Chambers on the right side, Hector Bellerin is not yet ready and so that leaves the two centre half spots.

Sadly, I am fairly sure that Emery will still go with David Luiz, he has faith in the Brazilian and he is not yet at the stage that he will drop the error-prone former Chelsea defender.

So, that leaves just the one centre half position and I feel that Emery is at the stage where he will drop Sokratis and that will mean a call up for Rob Holding.

It is not yet the strongest defence that Emery has available to him, that will happen once Hector Bellerin is back to full match fitness but the defence of Tierney, Luiz, Holding and Chambers is still quite a strong one.

It is slightly unbalanced, Chambers cannot do the runs that Tierney can do but the flank will be stronger than it has been for quite a while now.

Holding can hopefully bring more calmness to the centre of defence and offset some of Luizโ€™s eccentricities and he also offers up an attacking option at set-pieces.

So, would a four man defence of Tierney, Luiz, Holding and Chambers be good enough to stop Man Utd on Monday evening?


  1. Godswill says:

    Yes. If not SocraLuiz but ChaMustaf or ChaLuiz or ChamHold.

  2. ahmad73 says:

    Defensive strength and Arsenal don’t belong to the same sentence!

    1. Declan says:

      So you immediately write a sentence with both in ๐Ÿ˜

      1. Gunaboy says:

        Very funny Declan. Hilarious response from you

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  4. gotanidea says:

    As long as Martial and Rashford don’t play, I think Luiz, Holding and Xhaka are good enough to keep Lingard and Pogba at bay

    Tierney’ pace is good to contain any Man United RW, but I’m worried about Chambers if he plays as an RB. Swansea’s Jefferson Montero and other LWs skinned Chambers alive several times, when he played on the right side several seasons ago

    Montero exposed Chambers’ speed, but probably James wouldn’t have the same effect because he is not as tricky as Montero

    1. 350oz says:

      Yes Gotanidea, that used to be but after his loan spell he has improved a lot. He is more assured in one-on-one situations and keep a safe distance from his opponent.
      It’s AMN that worries me, in preseason he was roasted by wingers, I get it he is learning but how come it’s in the first team.

  5. Innit says:

    Yes. Sounds good

    Defensively I like


    No Xhaka, Mustafi or Sokratis

    1. 350oz says:

      No chance Xhaka is dropped. He is his son after all.

  6. winner says:

    It all boils down to tactics and the defensive midfield set up. If the midfield does not provide cover for the defense, it doesn’t matter which 4 defenders he fields they will be in trouble. The team must be compact. Having said that I do not foresee Emery making many changes to his preferred back 4 just yet. Expect Sokratis, Luiz to play as well as Xhaxa.

  7. Ace says:

    I think Emery will still go with the same center back pairing maybe the only thing that will change will be the full backs. I hope Emery gets it right. He will get back the fans support and confidence if he can snatch a victory at old Trafford. I can’t even remember when last we won there so it will do him much good

    1. ozziegunner says:


  8. Best says:


    Chambers. Luiz Holding. Tierney

    Willock Torrera Gwendozi

    (Saka) or Pepe. Auba. Martelini.

  9. Knight says:

    Its still going to be Chambers Luiz Sokrates Kolasnac

  10. Declan says:

    Iโ€™m hoping Tierney plays left back and not left wing back as AdMart is suggesting, but funnily enough then picks a back four but though Iโ€™d go with Tierney and Chambers as the full backs my two centre backs would be Holding and a Mustafi. Ok there may be an occasional brain fart from Mustafi but at least we wonโ€™t see the wrestler Sokratis giving away pens and free kicks.

  11. Sue says:

    No.. it probably won’t be (we rarely do clean sheets!)..so, we’ll have to just go for the jugular from the off… attack, attack, attack!!!
    Having said that, I’ll be so happy to see Tierney start.. and with Bellerin not playing, as he played (& assisted ๐Ÿ˜‰) yesterday, for the time being, that probably is as good as it’s gonna get…so come on Arsenal!!

    1. Truth says:

      I wouldn’t mind seeing Chambers starting as well.

  12. Zach Odon says:

    Why not use Luiz in central midfield and use Mustafi and Holding as Centre backs.

  13. Femi says:

    Good defence set up.

  14. Wolfgang says:

    If Emery goes kamikaze on the attack,he will be suckers for the MU counter attack.On paper Arsenal’s attack is stronger. That doesn’t mean MU cant score.
    Hopefully Emery will have a defence that can defend and not allow the reds to have 30 shots at goal.

  15. Faizal says:

    How many more mistakes n how many more penalties those clowns can make/give away before emery drop them??๐Ÿ˜ฐ๐Ÿ˜ฐ

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