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May 7, 2017 ( Post 1 )

Sixth will welcome fifth in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon when Arsenal host Manchester United.


Neither Arsene Wenger nor Jose Mourinho will be pleased with their respective positions in the table entering the final run-in, but both teams can still finish in the top four this season.

Man United will seemingly focus on the Europa League rather than the Premier League over the next month, but victory for the Red Devils would leave them firmly in the hunt entering their final three fixtures.

For the first time under the stewardship of under-pressure manager Wenger, Arsenal risk the possibility of failing to finish in the top four in the Premier League.

A record of 18 wins, six draws and nine defeats have brought Arsenal 60 Premier League points, with that total leaving them in sixth position in the table – six points behind fourth-placed Manchester City, but with a game in hand.

Victory for the Gunners this weekend would put them right back in the race for a Champions League finish, but even a surge into the top four would seemingly not be enough for the majority of Arsenal fans, who continue to air their displeasure with the direction that the club is heading.

On Wednesday, Man United boss Mourinho claimed that he would prioritise the Europa League over the Premier League in the final weeks of the season.

Indeed, the Red Devils took a big step towards the Europa League final on Thursday night when they recorded a 1-0 victory in the first leg of their semi-final away to Celta Vigo, setting them up nicely for the return at Old Trafford next week.

Lifting the Europa League title would bring an automatic spot in the group stage of the 2017-18 Champions League, but Man United are still very much in the race for a top-four finish in the Premier League entering the final run-in.

Team News-

Wenger is expected to make changes from the defeat to Tottenham last weekend, and the return to fitness of Shkodran Mustafi could see a return to a 4-3-3 formation, with Hector Bellerin also coming into the back four.

Granit Xhaka is unavailable after suffering a calf injury against Spurs, which could open up a spot in central midfield for Francis Coquelin, while Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck are also pushing for inclusions in the final third.

Chris Smalling and Phil Jones are in line for starts after recovering from a knee injury and toe injury respectively, while Michael Carrick, Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial and Juan Mata are also pushing for spots as Mourinho prepares to rotate once again.

Arsenal Possible Starting Lineup:
Cech; Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Ramsey, Coquelin; Walcott, Ozil, Sanchez; Welbeck

Manchester United Possible Starting Lineup:
De Gea; Darmian, Smalling, Jones, Blind; Carrick, Herrera, Pogba; Martial, Rooney, Mata


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