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Will Trossard make his debut? Arsenal team news and predicted XI vs Man Utd

13:08 EAT 20/01/2023
Mikel Arteta Leandro Trossard
The Gunners are in good shape ahead of Sunday's top-of-the-table Premier League clash, but will the Leandro Trossard deal be done in time?

Arsenal host Manchester United on Sunday looking to make yet another huge statement in the Premier League title race.

The Gunners will go into the game in buoyant mood having cruised to a morale-boosting 2-0 victory at local rivals Tottenham last weekend.

And they will be looking to get their own back on United, who remain the only side to beat them in the league this season.

So how are things shaping up for Mikel Arteta’s men ahead of Sunday’s game? Below, GOAL takes a look.

  • Leandro Trossard Brighton 2022-23

    Arsenal team news

    Arsenal are in decent shape heading into Sunday’s game having had a week to prepare following their north London derby success at Spurs.

    Leandro Trossard could be involved for the first time after completing his transfer from Brighton.

    The Gunners say they submitted all the necessary paperwork before Friday's 12pm deadline, so the winger should get clearance to feature against United.

    Elsewhere, Mikel Arteta does not have many concerns to worry about, although Mohamed Elneny is expected to miss out once again with the knock that forced him to sit out the visit to Tottenham.

    Reiss Nelson (hamstring) is also still sidelined, as is Cedric Soares, while Gabriel Jesus is still several weeks away from returning following knee surgery.

  • Martin Odegaard Arsenal 2022-23

    Key man

    Martin Odegaard: Arsenal’s captain is in the form of his life and played a starring role in their superb start to the season.

    With Manchester United without Casemiro due to suspension, Odegaard will be looking to take full advantage of the space just in front of the Manchester United defence.

    And if he can get on the ball in those dangerous positions in the final third then the visitors could be in for a long afternoon.

  • Michael Olise David de Gea Crystal Palace Manchester United 2022-23

    Talking point

    Having beaten Manchester City last weekend there were many suggesting that Manchester United were ready to mount a title bid over the second half of the season.

    But their slip up at Crystal Palace last time out halted their momentum somewhat and Arsenal now have a chance to open up a sizeable gap over Erik ten Hag’s side.

    Victory on Sunday would see the Gunners move 11 points clear of United with a game in hand. Even at this halfway stage of the season, that could prove too big a gap to make up.

  • Saliba-Arsenal-2023

    What has Saliba said?

    Speaking ahead of the game, Arsenal defender William Saliba said the Gunners were looking to avenge their 3-1 defeat at Old Trafford earlier in the season.

    “We know they beat us,” he said. “They are the only team to beat us this season in the Premier League and so we want to beat them at home. We will prepare very well for this game. I hope we will win in front of our fans.”

  • Xhaka-Arsenal

    Arsenal predicted XI

    (4-3-3): Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Partey, Xhaka, Odegaard; Saka, Nketiah, Martinelli.