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A Six-Pointer Game for the Gunners | 4-3-3 With White, Elneny & Nketiah – Predicted Lineup | How Would Arsenal’s XI Look Like Against Man United

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Arsenal host Man United at the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League. The two teams are coming into the tie after contrasting mid-week games. The Gunners comprehensively beat third-placed Chelsea 4-2 at the Stamford Bridge. On the other hand, the Red Devils were thoroughly embarrassed in a 4-0 thrashing by Liverpool at Anfield.

Arsenal vs Man United
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Arsenal currently sit 5th on the Premier League table, level on points with 4th placed Tottenham Hotspur and 3 ahead of Man United. Mikel Arteta’s men will be looking to put their best foot forward in the crucial six-pointer on Saturday. Here is how the Gunners could line up:

Goal-Keeper:

Aaron Ramsdale: Ramsdale yet again had an average outing at the Stamford Bridge. The 23-year-old should have done better to prevent Chelsea’s first goal, but was helpless against Cesar Azpilicueta’s finish. The Englishman will certainly start against United too. Ramsdale will be wary against the likes of Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes, Sancho, etc.

Defence:

Ben White (Right-Back): One of Arteta’s biggest headaches for the game. White excelled in the full-back role against the Blues. The Englishman helped the Gunners to translate from a 4-3-3 to a 3-4-3 with ease when they were in possession. White is all but guaranteed to continue in the role against the Red Devils.

Ben White, Arsenal vs Man United
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However, United have struggled defensively on their left flank. Cedric would provide Arteta with a more attacking option to exploit this weakness. Tomiyasu has also returned to training. The Japanese full-back should not be rushed back into the side after missing out on 12 consecutive games.

Rob Holding (Right Centre-Back): Holding had a phenomenal outing against Chelsea. The 26-year-old affected 4 clearances, 3 blocks, 11 recoveries, and won 4 out of 5 aerial duels. If White does continue at right-back, Holding is guaranteed to retain his spot in the XI too.

Gabriel (Left Centre-Back): Like Holding, Gabriel was also absolutely sensational against Thomas Tuchel’s men. The Brazilian committed 5 tackles, and was not dribbled past even once. Gabriel will be hoping the game marked a turnaround in his form, after a string of subpar performances in previous games.

Nuno Tavares (Left-Back): With Kieran Tierney still missing action, Tavares is set to continue at left-back in the Arsenal vs Man United game. The Portuguese put in a determined performance in the midweek game and will be high on confidence.

Midfield:

Mohamed Elneny (Defensive Mid-Fielder): Elneny was another player to impress against Chelsea. Deployed as a shield ahead of the defence, the Egyptian put in a faultless shift. Elneny was also safe and reliable in possession. He looks set to continue ahead of Albert Sambi Lokonga in the pivot role.

Granit Xhaka (Central Mid-Fielder): Almost undroppable for Arteta right now, more so since Partey remains unavailable. Playing alongside Elneny or Lokonga, Xhaka has been given more freedom to operate higher up the field. This means Arsenal often resemble a 4-3-3 rather than a 4-2-3-1 higher up the field.

Granit Xhaka
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Martin Odegaard (Attacking Mid-Fielder): Set up Smith-Rowe’s goal in the mid-week tie. Although the Norwegian did not get on the score sheet himself, he was at his creative best in the game. Odegaard completed 2 passes into the box, and constantly found dangerous pockets of space in the final third.

Forwards:

Emile Smith Rowe (Left-Winger): Returning to the starting line-up, Smith Rowe was less involved than he generally is from the midfield. However, this did not stop the Hale End graduate from having a telling impact on the game. ESR put Arsenal back in the lead after Werner’s equalizer, with a fantastic finish from 19 yards out.

Eddie Nketiah (Centre-Forward): Nketiah was arguably the biggest surprise against Chelsea. The Englishman looked motivated from the first minute and was rewarded with two well-taken goals. Nketiah also worked hard defensively, affecting 24 pressures, the highest among Arsenal players.

Eddie Nketiah
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Bukayo Saka (Right-Wing): Saka scored his 10th goal of the season, an emphatic penalty to confirm the result and add gloss to the score-line. The 20-year-old registered 8 progressive carries and won three fouls. He also created 6 shots. Saka remains Arsenal’s biggest threat and focal point in attack. Rangnick will have his task cut out to contain the youngster.

Arteta has often adopted the motto “Don’t fix what isn’t broken” while picking his line-ups. After a resounding away win, the Spaniard is unlikely to tinker much with his winning combination against Rangnick’s side too.

How do you think Arsenal should line up against Man United? Let us know in the comments.

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Adithya Ravi
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