Today is that last time Arsene Wenger will face Manchester United as an Arsenal manager. Although it’s usually a hard-fought game, both teams don’t have anything to play for. If Arsenal do manage a win today, it would still leave them 6 points behind 5th, with three games left. United have two games in hand on Liverpool who are below them with 2 points ahead.
With this in mind, the manager will be most likely to rest those that played midweek in the Europea League, ready for the next European game. However, it will be in the back of his mind that this might be the last time he’ll be able to get one over Mourinho.
If we were to rest every player possible that played midweek, then we wouldn’t have too weak a team. Cech could start in goal, as Ospina played the first leg and is guaranteed to play the other. Maitland-Niles and Kolasinac as the two fullbacks. Willock and Iwobi in the midfield, alongside Wilshere, who shouldn’t play midweek if Mkhitaryan is back.
Nelson and Mkhitaryan on the two flanks, though whether Wenger thinks the ex-United player needs 90 minutes or 20 before midweek is dependant on how he’s been doing in training. Infront of them, we’ll see Aubameyang up top, as he ineligible to play for us in Europe.
Although I’d love for Wenger to win at Old Trafford in one of his last games at the club, it shouldn’t be a priority. After a poor performance against Atletico midweek, we’ll need everything we have next Thursday if we have any chance of making it through to the final of the Europea League.