Sky Sports pundit and Arsenal legend Charlie Nicholas has given his thoughts on how the Gunners should line up against Manchester United when the two Premier League giants lock horns on Monday night (Sky Sports News).
Unai Emery’s side have won their last three games in all competitions and have only lost once, against Liverpool in August, but a huge test awaits them as they head to Old Trafford, always a difficult place to visit, particularly given the fierce rivalry between the two sides over the years.
Although the Red Devils are not having the best time at present, not to mention a lengthy injury list for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to contend with, they are unbeaten in their last 12 Premier League games against Arsenal at Old Trafford, with eight wins over the Gunners, since a 1-0 defeat in September 2006 (Sky Sports News).
Emery has several calls to make, such as who to play in defence, whether to adopt a midfield diamond, as per Arsenal’s last two away league games, or perhaps a three-man defence or a 4-2-3-1 (Evening Standard), and Nicholas has given his opinion on the selection.
“Hector Bellerin played a little bit against Nottingham Forest,” Nicholas wrote in his Sky Sports News column. “Though Unai Emery has been cautious about him, I think Bellerin should play. Kieran Tierney should be in, but Rob Holding will miss out I think.
“Arsenal will play two protectors – to my amazement, Granit Xhaka will still be in, but I would go with Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi. I would be happy with Dani Ceballos and then Bukayo Saka, Nicolas Pepe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. It is that easy and simple for Arsenal.”