No Mesut Ozil, no Alexandre Lacazette: Arsenal drop stars vs Man United

Man United vs Arsenal

Back in the day matches between Manchester United and Arsenal would have been title deciders.

On Sunday it’s a different story, as Man United look to cement their second-place status, while for Arsenal the match is of far lessor importance.

Arsenal, who have lost ever away match in the Premier League in 2018, have no chance of making the top four.

Instead, winning the Europa League is Arsenal’s last hope of qualifying for the Champions League.

No Mesut Ozil, no Alexandre Lacazette

With that in mind, Arsene Wenger has made significant changes to his matchday squad for the Man United match.

A slew of big-named players will play no part in Sunday’s fixture.

Arsenal already had several injuries, with Mohamed Elneny and Santi Cazorla on the sidelines.

Yet, when the Gunners arrived in Manchester on Saturday night, there was no sign of  Shkodran Mustafi, Aaron Ramsey, Laurent Koscielny, Alexandre Lacazette and Jack Wilshere.

Wenger has turned to a group of kids for the United match.

Eddie Nketiah, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Reiss Nelson, Jordi Osei-Tutu and Joe Willock have all travelled to the Theatre of Dreams.

Alexis Sanchez & Arsene Wenger

Two of the main subplots to Sunday’s match centre on Alexis Sanchez and Arsene Wenger.

Sanchez will be facing Arsenal for the first time since he left the Gunners in the January transfer window.

As for Wenger, this will be the last time he takes on Jose Mourinho and faces Manchester United as the manager of Arsenal.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan is back

In a boost for the Gunners, Henrikh Mkhitaryan is back in the squad for the United game.

Will the Armenian face his former employers having just returned from injury.

Arsenal’s squad vs Man United

Hector Bellerin
Reiss Nelson
Eddie Nketiah
Jordi Osei-Tutu
Danny Welbeck
Petr Cech
Calum Chambers
Alex Iwobi
Konstantinos Mavropanos
Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Joe Willock
Granit Xhaka
Sead Kolasinac
David Ospina
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Ainsley Maitland-Niles
Rob Holding

Also see: Maurizio Sarri to Arsenal, Luis Enrique to Chelsea.

Manchester United vs Arsenal predictions: Premier League match preview & predicted line-ups.

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