Mikel Arteta faces huge selection headache ahead of the upcoming game against the Red Devils.
Nico, Reiss Or Willian? Pick Arsenal’s Ultimate XI Vs Man Utd From 3 Options
David Luiz is in doubt after he was forced off with an injury in the second half against Leicester.
We decided not to put him in any lineups as there has been no official confirmation he’s available for the Old Trafford showdown.
And Mikel Arteta said he’s ready to use Auba centrally more often, so we put Pierre into his natural position in all lineups. Sorry, Laca.
So here are three ways the Gunners’ XI may look like on Sunday against Man United.
Which one is the best? Tell us in the comments and don’t forget to explain your choice.
Option 1: 4-3-3, experienced players
Even though they are in poor form, United remain United—and we need our most senior players to deal with the pressure.
Arsenal looked good in the second half against the Foxes using a back-four shape, and the Gunners should stick with it now we have Partey.
Arteta should put faith in Mustafi after his blunder against Leicester and keep Saliba benched.
Nico Pepe gets a start after impressing against Dundalk—after all, we bought him for such games, not to dismantle Irish sides in the EL.
Leno; Bellerin, Mustafi, Gabriel, Tierney; Partey, Ceballos, Xhaka; Pepe, Aubameyang, Saka
Option 2: 4-3-3, younger side
Young guns such as Nelson and Willock proved mid-week they deserve a chance in the Premier League.
William Saliba should finally be tested, too, as Shkodran Mustafi is not good enough as evidenced by the Leicester defeat.
A Ceballos-Xhaka midfield pivot could unleash Willock’s creativity and poise Joe showed against Dundalk.
This rejuvenated side full of fleet-footed players will outrun relatively slow Maguire and Matic.
Leno; Bellerin, Saliba, Gabriel, Tierney; Partey, Willock, Ceballos; Nelson, Aubameyang, Saka
Option 3: Three at the back
Wins against Liverpool, Chelsea and City proved Arteta can scalp big sides with a cautious 3-4-3 formation.
He can do the same with United.
We will definitely need the experienced Mustafi in the XI for this to work, with Tierney as an overlapping centre-back.
Both Dani Ceballos and Thomas Partey are all-round, complete midfielders and can play in a box-to-box role.
Arsenal’s creativity should come from quick counters and smart use of space—this is where Willian’s intelligence and ability in tight spaces will come in handy.
Leno; Mustafi, Gabriel, Tierney; Bellerin, Partey, Ceballos, Maitland-Niles; Willian, Aubameyang, Saka