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After contrasting nights in Europe for both teams, Arsenal host Manchester United in such a huge game in the race for Top Four. Manchester United have once again, proved doubters wrong with a dramatic 3-1 victory away to PSG on Wednesday night to seal qualification to the next round of the Champions League and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has got United playing and performing the way they should be. Arsenal on the other hand, may have been unlucky not to beat Tottenham in the North London derby, but against Rennes on Thursday, they were awful. A 3-1 loss to a currently mid-table French team is a poor result given that the Gunners were 1-0 ahead and even when Sokratis was sent off, could have defended deep at 1-1 or even at 2-1 and countered with the pace of Aubameyang, Mkhitaryan and Iwobi but instead went all out attack and paid the price.
United will be glad to welcome Paul Pogba back into the side following his suspension against PSG and Ole has confirmed Martial, Matic, Herrera and Bailly are all available to play but Lingard, Mata, Alexis, Jones, Valencia and Darmian are all out. Arsenal have their own injuries with Bellerin, Welbeck, Lichtsteiner and Holding all unable to play as well as Lucas Torreira after being sent off against Spurs. This game is huge for both sides as the losing side’s chances for Champions League football will be seriously damaged. Both teams prefer to use a 4-3-3 formation and so that is the formation I’ll use:
STRIKER: ROMELU LUKAKU
The big Belgian has been in tremendous form recently, six goals in three games and crucial for all three wins. His brace against Palace put United 2-0 ahead, the brace against Southampton put United ahead twice with the second goal sealing the 3-2 win and finally his brace against PSG set United up for their grandstand finish in Paris. He has become more accustomed to being a fluid front three as demonstrated against Liverpool and Arsenal in which he created some very good chances down the right wing. His strength and improved sharpness and hunger make him a big threat on Sunday and reports of the Belgian being sold at the end of the season are surely quashed now.
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