Senior attacker axed in Wenger 4-2-3-1: Arsenal best possible XI to face Man United
By Matt Bullin
Arsene Wenger should look to freshen up his side with four new faces and a different formation when Arsenal host Manchester United on Sunday.
Shkodran Mustafi, Hector Bellerin, Francis Coquelin and Danny Welbeck should come into the starting XI in place of Gabriel, Kieron Gibbs, Granit Xhaka and Olivier Giroud.
The fit-again Mustafi should partner Laurent Koscielny in the centre of defence in a back-four.
Bellerin should return and slot into his normal right-back position, with Nacho Monreal starting at left-back
Employing a back-four will bring some stability to Arsenal, who were overrun last time out as they attempted to employ a 3-4-3.
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Coquelin replace the injured Xhaka, who is ruled out after limping off in the 2-0 loss to Spurs.
The Frenchman should sit alongside Aaron Ramsey, who deserves to retain his spot, in front of the back four.
Welbeck should return to the starting XI to face his former club, in place of senior forward Giroud, who was poor at White Hart Lane.
Petr Cech should remain in goal despite David Ospina’s return to fitness – the Czech goalkeeper might be a little past his prime but he is still among the best in the league.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain should push on into a right wing role where his attacking flair can be better utilised.
Meanwhile Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil should start alongside him in a attacking three in-behind Welbeck.
Arsenal currently sit sixth in the Premier League and with a win they could cut the gap to Man United in fifth to just two points with a game in hand.
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