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Ahead of the crucial clash against Manchester United this weekend, Arsene Wenger will be without Hector Bellerin for around four weeks after the defender picked up an ankle injury during the 1-1 draw against Tottenham Hotspur before the International break. Santi Cazorla also remains out due to an Achilles injury, while a decision on Alexis Sanchez will be made today after the Chilean declared himself fit following 83 minutes against Uruguay in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
Despite the injuries to these two key Arsenal stars ahead of the clash at Old Trafford, free football tips for the weekend from SBAT has backed Arsenal as the team to have a more favourable result among the various teams to feature this weekend.
While Alexis remains available to Wenger, the Arsenal boss may have doubts about the dangers of recurring hamstring problems following his recent injury scare.
Wenger may also have concerns about calling on Theo Walcott, with his wife expected to give birth over the next few days. Providing they’re all available, Arsenal could name an unchanged front four of Walcott, Mesut Ozil, Alex Iwobi and Sanchez, although Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey are both viable starters, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain provides another option in the wide positions.
Francis Coquelin and Granit Xhaka may start at the base of midfield, although Mohamed Elneny and Ramsey could both come into contention in the middle of the park.
Carl Jenkinson looks most likely to replace Bellerin at right-back, though Shkodran Mustafi also an option. That would mean Gabriel partnering Laurent Koscielny at centre-back, with Nacho Monreal expected to line up at left-back.
Per Mertesacker, Danny Welbeck and Lucas Perez remain out.
Having said all this, here is how we expect the boss to line up his side against Mourinho’s Manchester United.
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