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Arsenal And Man Utd Combined XI: Why Welbz Is Dat Guy Up Front

Arsenal and Manchester United meet in the Premier League on Saturday, and both sides are at a lower ebb than they have been for a long time.

The arrival of Louis van Gaal in the summer was meant to herald a rejuvenation for the Old Trafford side after the debacle of the David Moyes era at the club.

This has not turned out to be the case, however, and Van Gaal has struggled to get the team playing consistently.

Arsene Wenger has also failed to inspire his troops to fluid displays, despite a big summer spend (although one that was incomparable with Man Utd’s huge outlay).

Alexis Sanchez has been the real plus point, dragging his side to result after result.

If we were to combine the two teams, however, who would play?

We’ve explored that below:

GK: David de Gea

One of the most impressive stoppers in the Premier League since the start of the season, De Gea walks into the side.

Wojciech Szczesny has not made any major mistakes, but the fact that Wenger is reportedly chasing Petr Cech suggests even his boss would not necessarily keep him as first choice.

RB: Rafael

Mathieu Debuchy looked good upon arrival at Arsenal, but an early injury brought about an end to his spell in the side.

While Calum Chambers has rarely looked hugely flustered in the right hand role, Rafael is a natural right back, and lends the defence far more balance.

CB: Per Mertesacker

The German giant offers an imposing presence in the defence, something that simply does not exist in the current Man Utd side.

While Arsenal’s defence have been lax, this is nothing in comparison to Man Utd’s struggles there.

CB: Laurent Koscielny

Which is why Koscielny also features.

Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Jonny Evans and the series of young stars that have featured in the middle of defence have never looked solid, which is why Van Gaal is chasing the likes of Mats Hummels in January.

LB: Luke Shaw

Arsenal’s injury woes have stretched across their entire defence, but Kieran Gibbs has impressed since the season kicked off.

Shaw, however, offers an attacking threat down the left, and Van Gaal would be disappointed if he was unavailable for Saturday’s tie after picking up a knock.

CM: Aaron Ramsey

Arsenal’s golden boy of last season has not been at his sensational best since the season began, but he still has the capacity to change a game in the blink of an eye.

Running from deep, he offers a threat to any defence.

DM: Jack Wilshere

Wilshere has been left on the bench for the last few games by Wenger, but his impressive display in the defensive midfield role for England against Scotland suggests this is a position Wenger should try to use the player in.

It remains to be seen if the manager will take the risk and do so, but it could be to the benefit of Arsenal.

RW: Alexis Sanchez

One of the top performers since the start of the season, Sanchez has taken no time at all to settle at his new club after his big money transfer from Barcelona, scoring eight in only 10 games.

Often seen as playing above and beyond the rest of his side, Wenger will be hoping Sanchez can inspire his troops to a win on Saturday.

AM: Wayne Rooney

Exceptional in mid-week for England, Saturday is the sort of potentially high tempered tie that Rooney thrives off.

He needs to improve at club level, however, if he wants to captain Man Utd back into the Champions League.

LW: Angel Di Maria

The record breaker Di Maria has been one highlight for Man Utd since the season began.

His £59.7 million transfer was supposed to place Man Utd as title challengers again, but this has not been the case as of yet.

The player himself has impressed, however, and with Shaw behind him, this side would have considerable threat down the left.

ST: Danny Welbeck

Welbeck has undergone a huge makeover over the last few months, with his £16 million move to Arsenal giving him the opportunity to impose himself as a top level striker.

He has done so with aplomb, and compared to the likes of Robin van Persie, he is clearly operating at a higher level on a more regular basis.

It might be interesting to see if Van Gaal comes to regret the £16 million sale by Saturday evening.

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England Confirmed XI: Arsenal Star Makes 1st Start

England have confirmed their starting eleven for the clash against San Marino tonight.

Arsenal star Calum Chambers makes his first start for the national side, having been called up to the squad as a late replacement for Everton’s injured star John Stones.

Liverpool’s highly rated young talent Raheem Sterling (3/1 to score a brace with William Hill) also continues to occupy a central berth for Roy Hodgson’s side, having impressed considerably in that role for both his club and country and recent months.

Danny Welbeck (4/1 to score a hat trick against San Marino tonight with William Hill), who has settled in excellently for the Gunners, scoring three goals against Galatasaray in mid week in the Champions League, also plays. Welbeck was exceptional against Switzerland in Basel, scoring a brace for Hodgson’s Three Lions in the qualifying game.

England began their campaign on the right foot, scoring two and keeping a clean sheet against a side containing talents like Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri.

They will face a different challenge against San Marino tonight, who have a side containing very few professional players.

England are 8/1 to win 7-0 against San Marino tonight at Wembley.

The line up is as follows:

Ex-Man Utd Hot Shot Defends Record After Arsenal Treble

Arsenal new boy Danny Welbeck has defended his goalscoring record prior to making the switch to the Emirates Stadium, having scored a hat trick against Galatasaray in mid week in the Champions League, as reported by the Daily Mirror.

When Welbeck made his £16 million move to the Emirates Stadium, some called the signing a bargain, while others questioned his ability to score the required goals for the north London club.

There had always been doubts over his ability as a striker while he was at Manchester United.

However, while Welbeck graduated the Old Trafford club’s academy, he was very rarely given a consistent opportunity to play as a central striker.

In fact, Welbeck spent much of last season being shunted out onto the left wing under David Moyes, playing more as a left midfielder than in any attacking role.

While he defended his own record in the past, Welbeck was keen to dampen down comparisons to Arsenal great Thierry Henry.

He said: “You can’t start making comparisons like that.

“Obviously Thierry Henry is someone I’ve looked up to ever since I started playing football. Nobody can really criticise my finishing because they don’t really see me playing in a forward position too often.

“But now I am getting into these positions I want to be sticking the ball in the back of the net. I’m sure it’s the same with every other striker.

“People can say I’ve not scored enough goals, but you stick the best strikers on the wing in a four-man midfield and see if they score goals. If you’re getting goals and getting a run of games in your preferred position, your confidence is going to grow and performances are going to grow as well.

“That is something I am really looking forward to doing, building on those performances.

“Obviously it’s good to get off the mark, a first professional career hat-trick I’m delighted with.

“Maybe beforehand, sometimes I wasn’t getting through on goal if I was coming from a four-man midfield. Obviously it’s difficult to leave your position and go and get goal-scoring opportunities.

“But I’m getting into these positions much more regularly now, and I’m looking forward to sticking the ball in the back of the net.”