Bukayo Saka (RW) – No question about this one! Left-back, left-wing, attacking midfield or out on the right, it doesn’t matter, Saka will always justify his selection. The England international has been a shining light in a difficult season, and he impressed again with a goal and an assist on Tuesday, making him the most prolific teenager in Europe’s top five leagues.
He is one of the key reasons for our improving fortunes and his many attributes will cause all manner of problems for the United backline.
Alexandre Lacazette (ST) – After going two league games without a goal contribution, Lacazette responded magnificently against Southampton by teeing up Saka at the break, before putting the game to bed with his eighth of the season late on.
The Frenchman’s graft perhaps doesn’t earn him the plaudits he deserves, but right now he is in fine form in front of goal and will deservedly start at the weekend.
Nicolas Pepe (LW) – A tactical change from Arteta in midweek saw Pepe put in one of his most encouraging performances in an Arsenal shirt and, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang likely to miss out once again, the Ivorian may well start two consecutive games for just the second time this campaign.
He was outstanding in this fixture last season, can he do it again?