Arsenal vs Manchester United: Star-studded combined XI featuring 6 Gunners and 5 Red Devils

Arsenal vs Man United: Combined XI featuring 6 Gunners and 5 Red Devils

Arsenal take on Manchester United the 229th time as the two Premier League giants get set to face each other in the FA Cup on Friday night. Both sides have enough to play for, especially with the Premier League title running away from them, which leaves just the FA Cup and the European competitions for both teams.

For Arsenal, they must aim to become the side to hand Ole Gunnar Solskjaer his first defeat as the Manchester United manager. That will be easier said than done, as the former striker has won seven games on the run since taking over the reins from Jose Mourinho.

But Arsenal will be a threat to their FA Cup chances as the Gunners are still moving on the high after beating Chelsea. It should be a great game to watch but more so, it’s likely to be a game that guarantees at least a few goals.

Here’s the combined line-up featuring players of both teams who are fit at the moment:

Combined Arsenal-Manchester United XI

Formation: 4-3-1-2

David De Gea (GK)

Easily among the Premier League’s top three goal-keepers, the Spaniard will walk into any team he wants to join and step right into the starting eleven.

Diogo Dalot (RB)

With Hector Bellerin injured, the Portuguese youngster is the better choice between Antonio Valencia and Stephan Lichtsteiner, two ageing right-backs.

Sokratis (CB)

The Greek centre-back has been Arsenal’s main star since arriving over the summer and makes the cut over Laurent Koscielny, Eric Bailly and Phil Jones.

Victor Lindelof (CB)

Arguably the most consistent defender since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over, the young Swede has finally found his footing in the Premier League.

Sead Kolasniac (LB)

Ashley Young and Nacho Monreal are both well into their thirties and not getting younger, while Luke Shaw is injured. That leaves only Kolasinac and the Arsenal left-back has been in good form of late.

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Matteo Guendouzi

Matteo Guendouzi (CM)

A bargain, Guendouzi has proven to be a crucial part of Unai Emery’s Arsenal this season and thus, gets picked over Ander Herrera.

Nemanja Matic (CDM)

A good and solid central defensive midfielder, Matic’s composure plus his defensive acumen make it a no-brainer to pick him over the Granit Xhaka.

Lucas Torreira (CM)

Few midfielders in the Premier League have been as good as Lucas Torreira has been for Arsenal, with many calling the 22-year-old Arsenal’s best summer signing.

Paul Pogba (AM)

His return to his best has coincided with Jose Mourinho’s exit and Solskjaer’s arrival but you’ll see hardly a few Manchester United fans complaining. So far, the 25-year-old has produced 7 goals, more than any other Arsenal player and has scored 8 goals as well.

Alexander Lacazette (ST)

The Frenchman struggled in his first season at the club, managing to score 17 goals in all competitions. But this season, he’s on par to beat that record.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (ST)

Easily among Arsenal’s best players, the 29-year-old sits behind only Mohamed Salah and Harry Kane in the race for the Premier League’s golden boot.

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Written by Siddhant Lazar

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