Arsenal will look to become the first team to beat Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘s Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium on Friday.
United have won seven games out of seven since their former striker came into replace Jose Mourinho in December, including their last visit to north London when they beat Tottenham nine days ago.
That run has seen the Manchester club move level on points with Arsenal in the Premier League and back within reach of the Top Four.
But focus now shifts to the FA Cup with the Gunners, the competition’s most successful side, looking to ensure a brutal end to the Solskjaer honeymoon period.
Arsenal team news
Hector Bellerin is facing an extended period on the sidelines as the result of a knee ligament injury suffered in the win over Chelsea on Saturday.
Arsenal will take on Manchester United in the FA Cup 4th round this weekend and Solskjaer is expected to make a number of changes to his first XI.
Both Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez should return to the squad meaning Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial could be rested.
Luke Shaw missed the win vs Brighton due to a late illness but the left-back should also return to the matchday squad vs Arsenal.
Sanchez has endured a difficult time at United even with Jose Mourinho gone, as niggling injuries continue to stymie his progression at a time when others are having the time of their lives under Solskjaer.
Perhaps this weekend’s big occasion provides the perfect stimulus for Sanchez to propel himself back into the limelight.
The Emirates under the lights. The BBC‘s blockbuster footballing event of the weekend. His former club. United full of confidence. A tantalising contest in general.
Sometimes it takes occasions like these to truly get players like Sanchez back to their best. There would be no better club against whom to make a statement to the watching world, which has started to write Sanchez off.