By Emma Sanders
Paul Pogba and Olivier Giroud fail to make the combined starting XI between Arsenal and Manchester United as the two teams prepare to go head-to-head on Saturday.
The Premier League clash will be missing a number of big-name stars including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Hector Bellerin and Wayne Rooney, while Alexis Sanchez remains a doubt.
Ibrahimovic will serve a one-match suspension and therefore misses out and it’s his teammate Marcus Rashford who gets the nod ahead of Giroud in the combined XI.
The Express reports Sanchez has not yet been ruled out but he remains a doubt and is unlikely to start. Giroud has proven his goal-scoring ability in the past but Rashford’s pace and youthful talent gives him the nod ahead of the Gunners talisman.
Mesut Ozil is preferred to Pogba in the number 10 role as the German has been in emphatic form so far this season while United’s £89million man has struggled to make an impact since his arrival.
United have a number of defensive absentees, including Chris Smalling and Eric Bailly so both Arsenal centre-backs are in the team, but Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi are joined by United full-backs.
Jose Mourinho may not be impressed with Luke Shaw’s commitment but he’s certainly the best left-back option while Ashley Young gets the nod over the inexperienced Carl Jenkinson due to to Hector Bellerin’s absence.
Jenkinson has made just three first team appearances in the last two years so Young seems a safer option at right-back given the size of the occasion.
Granit Xhaka is preferred in central midfield to Michael Carrick, who is joined by the in-form Ander Herrera in this combined XI.
Theo Walcott gets the nod ahead of Jesse Lingard and that’s no surprise given the Arsenal forward has already netted five league goals this season and playmaker Juan Mata lines up on the other flank.
Petr Cech has proven his quality as a Premier League keeper but David De Gea is one of the best keepers in the world so understandably gets the number one spot.
In other Arsenal news, Mauricio Pochettino has delivered this verdict on Arsene Wenger despite their rivalry.