Arsenal welcome Mesut Ozil back into the fold with Alexis Sanchez also fit for the match as the Gunners travel to face Manchester United.
Arsenal do not have many injury concerns to take care of ahead of the Old Trafford game. Arsene Wenger would be glad to see Alexis Sanchez return from international duty unscathed after the Chilean played almost the full ninety against Uruguay. Mesut Ozil has recovered fully and is set to return against Manchester United.
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Hector Bellerin is sidelined upto four weeks and the Spaniard’s absence could prove costly on Saturday. Wenger has already signalled in his presser that Jenkinson may take Bellerin’s place but the La Masia product’s absence is likely to have an impact, even if not much, on Saturday’s performance.
Santi Cazorla is unlikely to feature for the Gunners on Saturday, which is a huge blow for Wenger. Cazorla’s absence means the Frenchman is likely to go for a combination of two from the trio of Xhaka, Coquelin and Elneny for the two holding midfield positions in the 4-2-3-1 formation.
Elsewhere, Danny Welbeck will not be lining up against his former club with the England international still nursing a knee injury. New signing Lucas Perez and Per Mertesacker are both out for the game with injuries to their ankle and knee respectively as Wenger aims for a first league win over Mourinho.
Olivier Giroud has been largely relegated to the bench, given Alexis Sanchez’s form as the lone centre-forward, which has been one of the catalysts of Arsenal’s impressive run. But, the French target-man’s presence on the bench provides an alternate option and Giroud could be called upon by Wenger, if the need arises.
Petr Cech will face his former boss Jose Mourinho, and the former Chelsea guardian would be keen to show fans that, despite the difference in age, he can match upto the shot-stopper guarding the opposite goal, David De Gea.