It’s here folks, Match Day 12. A lot has been said in the build up to this match as both teams have suffered injury upsets, with the rivals Manchester United being hit the most.
Arsene Wenger during the pre-match press conference on Friday revealed that Theo Walcott is out of the fixture due to a tight groin. Laurent Koscielny is still out on a long term injury: what a huge task at hand for Nacho Monreal to fill in at center-back against the likes of Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie.
Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez should all be fine despite earlier concerns. Captain Mikel Arteta will be available but whether Wenger will start him remains to be seen.
Olivier Giroud returned to training 4 weeks ahead of schedule, the most Wenger can do today is bench him. Doubt he’ll feature.
Right then, here’s the line-up prediction for The Gunners:
Play the 4-4-2 formation with Alexis behind Welbz.
Chambers Mertesacker( C) Monreal Gibbs
Oxlade-Chamberlain Flamini Ramsey Wilshere