Arsenal will welcome old rivals Manchester United to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, with both sides looking to climb into the Premier League’s top four.
The Gunners have been anything but consistent this season, having won just four of their 11 league matches, drawing five but losing only two to leave themselves sixth in the standings, two points adrift of fourth.
The Red Devils, meanwhile, have faired only marginally worse, drawing one game less but losing one more to sit one point and one place below this weekend’s opponents.
A major talking point leading up to the clash has surrounded new Arsenal signing Danny Welbeck, although the former Manchester United forward looks set to miss out on a reunion with the club he left in the off-season as he struggles with a hamstring strain.
A boost for Arsene Wenger’s men, though, has seen captain Mikel Arteta overcome a hamstring problem, while Olivier Giroud is also expected to feature after fully recovering from a fractured ankle.
However, Theo Walcott has suffered another injury setback and is expected to miss out.
For United, Daley Blind has been ruled out for the foreseeable future with knee problem, while Radamel Falcao remains unavailable as he continues to recover from a calf injury.
However, Argentina international Angel di Maria looks to have regained his fitness, despite picking up a knock during the international break, while goalkeeper David de Gea has also been cleared to play after suffering a dislocated finger while on international duty.