Alexandre Lacazette will be available again , having sat out Thursday’s game in the Europa League due to his own ban, and is expected to come straight back into the side , with the out of form Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang likely to drop to the bench.
So it’s all to play for in north London, with Arsenal aiming to bounce back from Thursday night’s disappointing 3-1 defeat against Rennes in the Europa League.
The second leg of that tie will take place on Thursday at the Emirates, but Emery will not be thinking about resting his players this afternoon against Ole Gunnar Solskaer’s in-form side .
Arsenal’s huge game with Manchester United on Sunday afternoon took on even more significance following Spurs’ shock defeat at Southampton on Saturday.
Now Unai Emery’s side know that victory at the Emirates over United will not only see them move above the Old Trafford and back into the top four, it will also see them move to within just one point of Tottenham in third.
The hosts will be without key midfielder Lucas Torreira for the game due to suspension, with the Uruguay international having been sent off in the closing stages of last weekend’s 1-1 draw in the north London derby.