Unai Emery

Arsenal vs Man Utd: Unai Emery's Best Available Gunners Lineup

Arsenal clash with old rivals Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium this weekend, looking to bounce back from a humiliating Europa League defeat to Rennes in midweek.


The Gunners were stunned 3-1 by their Ligue 1 counterparts, but will need to put that behind them as they look to usurp United in the race for a top four finish.


Unai Emery has injuries and suspensions to deal with - here's how his side could line up at kick off.

1. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Bernd Leno (GK): Having claimed the number one spot from Petr Cech earlier in the season, the German is yet to put a foot wrong and pulled off a couple of sensational stops last weekend against Tottenham. A guaranteed starter.


Shkodran Mustafi (RB): Hector Bellerin's injury has given Unai Emery a real selection headache, with Stephan Lichtsteiner and Ainsley Maitland-Niles also short of form and fitness. Mustafi may get the nod once more, despite conceding a penalty last weekend.


Sokratis (CB): The Greek international was sent off in midweek against Rennes, but will be available as the suspension doesn't affect domestic games. Has been a steady performer at the heart of defence.


Laurent Koscielny (CB): Arsenal's captain is feeling his way back into things after a long-term achilles tendon injury, but his leadership skills are invaluable. Will look to orchestrate and marshal the defence into keepings things tight.


Nacho Monreal (LB): Getting seemingly better with age, Monreal is one of Arsenal's steadier performances. Will need to be on top of his game to frustrate and nullify the threats of Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford.

2. Midfielders

Granit Xhaka (CDM): In the absence of Lucas Torreira, Arsenal will turn to Xhaka to set the tone in central midfield. His wide ranging passing ability could prove key as the Gunners look to unlock United's defensive door.


Matteo Guendouzi (CDM): The young Frenchman is expected to fill in for Torreira in midfield, though the 19-year-old won't be daunted by the occasion. Shows a maturity and calmness on the ball well beyond his years, and will relish the opportunity to face Paul Pogba.


Henrikh Mkhitaryan (RM): Coming up against his former club, Mkhitaryan will be anxious to put in another performance of the highest quality. Endured a miserable spell as a player at United, but has been in good form recently.


Alex Iwobi (LM): Has performed well in recent weeks, silencing a number of critics who have questioned his contribution to the side. Will have his part to play defensively, but will offer a dangerous attacking outlet when Arsenal press forward.


Aaron Ramsey (CAM): A pre-contract agreement is in place for Ramsey to join Juventus at the end of the season, but the Welshman will always give 100%. Relishes big games, and may be trusted ahead of Mesut Ozil to control things and dictate the tempo going forward.

3. Forward

Alexandre Lacazette (ST): Likely to regain his place in the side ahead of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, despite being taken before the hour mark last weekend. Can be a real menace in front of goal, and will be keen to get involved in the game early on as he looks to fire Arsenal back into the Champions League.