While it is still early in the campaign, we have a potentially season defining clash against Manchester United this weekend. A win could see us top of the table, and could put the painful memory of our loss against Olympiacos behind us.
Arsene Wenger has had a number of decisions forced upon him through injury, and the team mostly picks itself. We should see a handful of changes from the team that started against the Greeks, hopefully with a better result.
Here is how we think Arsenal will line up against Manchester United:
GK) Petr Cech
The Czech international should regain his starting spot after being benched for our Champions League clash, much to the delight of Arsenal fans.
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RB) Hector Bellerin
Arsene Wenger appears to have lost faith with Mathieu Debuchy, and Hector Bellerin is now unquestionably our first choice right-back.
LB) Nacho Monreal
The Spaniard was rested in midweek, but should reclaim his starting spot from Kieran Gibbs. He has been one of our more reliable performers, and has improved hugely since his arrival at the club.
CB) Per Mertesacker
The World Cup winner will almost certainly start given the injury to Laurent Koscielny (via Arsenal.com), and his lack of pace could be a concern up against the likes of Anthony Martial and Memphis Depay.
CB) Gabriel Paulista
The Brazilian has shown himself to be a fantastic acquisition, and many are calling for him to replace Mertesacker as Koscielny’s partner in defence. This weekend he should be partnering the German though, with the French centre-back absent.