Arsene Wenger has named the same XI for the sixth consecutive Premier League game for the first time in his managerial career at Arsenal, indicating that he’s challenged the team to show a response.
After losing our first league game since February, the temptation could’ve been to make a number of changes, but the boss is obviously looking for a reaction from the same team.
This game will certainly be different to the one we experienced on Monday night, with Manchester United expected to come out and engage us a bit more.
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Therefore, the lack of pace in our forward line is slightly worrying should we attempt to counter-attack.
Aaron Ramsey was the only doubt heading into this game (via The Independent), but he’s seemingly overcome any worries regarding his ankle.
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Wayne Rooney remains injured for the hosts, and in his absence, Chris Smalling captains Louis van Gaal’s side as they aim to disrupt our automatic Champions League hopes.
Interestingly, Van Gaal has gone with Radamel Falcao to lead the line rather than former Gunner Robin van Persie, which could spell danger for the Dutchman’s future.
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