Arsenal vs. Manchester United: Last-Minute Team News and Potential Starting XIs
Arsenal and Manchester United will do battle this weekend in the English Premier League, with both teams putting plenty on the line for this epic EPL clash.
United already won the league title last week but will be desperate not to lose to their London rivals. The same is true for the Gunners, who also have the added incentive of knowing that their spot in the Champions League next year could depend on this result.
There's plenty at stake here, and, knowing the talent of both teams, we're certainly in for a thrilling Premier League matchup. Read on for all the last-minute information, team news and potential starting sides for both teams this weekend.
Date: Sunday, April 28, 2013
Start time: 11:00 a.m. ET (4:00 p.m. British time)
Venue: Emirates Stadium, London, England
Arsenal Team News
Arsenal will be without striker Olivier Giroud, who failed in his bid to get his red card and subsequent suspension from last weekend against Fulham rescinded. No word is yet known on who will replace Giroud at the top of the attack, with both Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott available (per BBC Sport).
The Gunners will also be without goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski due to a rib injury, which confirms Wojciech Szczesny will start in goals (via Yahoo! Sports).
Abou Diaby is still a long-term absence, as is Ryo Miyaichi (per BBC).
Manchester United Team News
No word yet on which players (if any) manager Sir Alex Ferguson will choose to rest for United, having already won the title and wanting to give his fringe players a go. BBC Sport reports that Ferguson "intends to include his fringe players between now and the end of the season."
Yahoo! Sports reports the following on United's defensive situation: "After Jonny Evans picked up a knock in that win, Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic—who missed the title-clinching tie—are both set to return to the side with Phil Jones perhaps deployed in midfield."
The media outlet also goes on to report that Michael Carrick could be absent from this one, having played through injury against Aston Villa, whilst Javier Hernandez, Tom Cleverley, Danny Welbeck and Nani are all expected to start (which BBC Sport also confirm to be correct).
Potential Starting XIs
The Guardian has its potential starting teams listed for the match via its website, whilst I've made some slight adjustments to those courtesy of the latest details we have received from both teams.
Arsenal 2, Manchester United 2.
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