Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku dropped as teams are confirmed for Premier League fixture

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The Gunners will want to follow up their north London derby win with another defeat of a rival

Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba have been dropped by Jose Mourinho ahead of the biggest fixture of the midweek Premier League action.

Arsenal visit Old Trafford to take on Manchester United on Wednesday, with the home side deciding to put two of their biggest stars on the bench.

In his pre-match interview, Mourinho stated the changes were “technical and tactical decisions.”

Unai Emery has guided Arsenal into the top four

The Gunners head into the clash on the back of a 19-match unbeaten run in all competitions, with their excellent 4-2 defeat of bitter rivals Tottenham in the north London derby keeping their record intact.

Unai Emery’s side got the better of their local rivals on Sunday afternoon, the day after Manchester United could only secure a draw against relegation battlers Southampton.

The Red Devils fought back from two goals down to claim a point at St Mary’s, but they failed to grab a winner and the pressure has been piled on Jose Mourinho.

However, the United manager has a superb record against Arsenal (10 wins and just two losses in 19 matches), and he’ll be hoping to alleviate some of the pressure by claiming another defeat of the Gunners this midweek.

What the managers are saying

Jose Mourinho (Man United): “We will have a very difficult match. They are a good team who have had a good run of results. But in spite of our selection issues, they know it won’t be easy either.”

Unai Emery (Arsenal): “It’s a new match, a new challenge, a big challenge. It’s away and we need to continue improving our mentality away. We know we need to change to get more competitive away. I think the team is doing that, but it’s a new challenge because we’re going to play against Manchester United away, and the challenge is bigger than other matches. For us, it’s a very exciting match. The preparation for this match is also a big motivation for us. It gives me a big motivation for Wednesday. If we are stronger now, we need to [show that] on Wednesday.”

Lacazette could start up front with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who scored a brace and grabbed an assist against Tottenham

Lacazette could start up front with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who scored a brace and grabbed an assist against Tottenham

Confirmed line-ups

Man United: De Gea; Dalot, Bailly, Smalling, Rojo, Darmian; Herrera, Matic; Lingard, Rashford, Martial

Arsenal: Leno; Bellerin, Mustafi, Sokratis, Holding, Kolasinac; Torreira, Gunedouzi, Ramsey; Iwobi, Aubameyang

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