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Arsenal boost as defender returns for Man United clash, two still ruled out

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Arsenal boost as defender returns for Man United clash, two still ruled out

Arsenal have posted an injury update on their official website ahead of Monday night’s trip to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United, with one player returning from injury in time to play.

Arsenal beat Nottingham Forest 5-0 in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night, and included three long-term absentees in the side. Kieran Tierney and Rob Holding started, while Hector Bellerin was given 15 minutes to shine.

All three are now available for selection on Monday night, while fellow defender Dino Mavropanos has returned to training and is available to play. Whether the Greek defender makes the Gunners squad, though, remains to be seen.


What is a blow for the Gunners, though, is that Emile Smith-Rowe has suffered a concussion following the win over Forest and is ruled out – while Alexandre Lacazette is still undergoing rehab on his left ankle. He will not return until October.

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TBR’s view – Does Emery shake up his Arsenal defence? Yes.

So far, Emery has started with Sokratis and David Luiz as his first-choice central defenders, while Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Sead Kolasinac have started on either side of the defence. Does Emery stick or twist?

Holding was superb against Forest, while Shkodran Mustafi has helped Arsenal keep clean sheets against Frankfurt and Forest. Calum Chambers got three assists against Forest, while Tierney starred on the left flank. Bellerin is also available.

With the latter only managing 15 minutes, his league return should wait. Chambers should replace Maitland-Niles after the latter’s red card against Villa, while Holding should partner Luiz. Tierney in for Kolasinac.

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