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Arteta favourite dropped, Odegaard on the bench: Predicted Arsenal XI vs Man United

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Arsenal host Manchester United in the Premier League on Saturday in what could be a season-defining game.

The Red Devils, apart from their loss against Sheffield United on Wednesday, have been in incredible form. They remained unbeaten in the league since we beat them at Old Trafford, and even made their way to the top of the table for a little while.

Mikel Arteta will be wary of United’s threat. They may not be the team they once were, but they are very dangerous. However, we’ve beaten them once and we can beat them again, but Arteta needs to get his team selection right.

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Bernd Leno is our undisputed number one and he will start again. Rob Holding keeps his place, but the defenders around him won’t be the same as they were on Tuesday against Southampton.

Bellerin dropped, Gabriel should start

Kieran Tierney looked good in the training footage Arsenal released and he should come straight back in. Cedric should move to right-back as a reward for his brilliant recent display, which means that Hector Bellerin will sit out.

The Spaniard has played almost every game this season. He is clearly one of Arteta’s favourites in the side, but Cedric has shown enough to keep his place and Bellerin should make way.

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Gabriel Magalhaes should also be reintegrated into the team. The Brazilian was a rock when we played United at Old Trafford, and he should come in to replace his compatriot David Luiz in the heart of our defence.

Our midfield will be pretty straightforward. Granit Xhaka will partner Thomas Partey and if the Ghanaian can replicate his last performance against Manchester United, we should have no worries about the game.

Emile Smith Rowe hobbled off injured but it didn’t look too bad. He should start if he passes the fitness test which means that Arsenal new boy Martin Odegaard will have to settle for a place on the bench.

Bukayo Saka and Alexandre Lacazette scored against Southampton and the duo will start again. Gabriel Martinelli is gunning for a start on the left flank, but Nicolas Pepe was brilliant there last game – both in attack and defensively – and he deserves to keep his spot.

Here’s how we think Arsenal will lineup on Saturday

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