OPINION By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes
Arsene Wenger will make only minor tweaks to his team for Arsenal’s Premier League showdown against Manchester United on Sunday.
Despite laying into his players in the wake of Tuesday’s 2-0 defeat to Barcelona, in which he labelled them “naive” and “technically average’, the Gunners manager is set to give another chance to those he regards as his big guns.
Gabriel could come into contention to start if he passes a late fitness test after missing three matches with a hamstring injury but the main position up for grabs is in attacking midfield.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a knee injury after Wenger confirmed on Friday he will see a specialist and could be out for up to two months.
The position in the team that is most up for grabs is on one of the flanks, which is a three-horse race between Theo Walcott, Danny Welbeck and Joel Campbell.
Welbeck has looked in good touch in the three appearances he has made after 10 months out and could get the nod to start against his former club.
Theo Walcott is struggling for form, while Joel Campbell has dipped after impressing in an extended run either side of the new year.
Arsenal (possible): Cech; Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Coquelin, Ramsey; Sanchez, Ozil, Welbeck; Giroud.