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Arsenal vs Man Utd team news: Lacazette makes shock start for Gunners

8:36 PM GMT+4 02/12/2017
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The French striker was ruled out earlier in the week with a groin problem, but was a surprise inclusion his side's line-up

Despite being ruled out earlier in the week, Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette is in the starting XI for Saturday's match against Manchester United.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger ruled the Frenchman out earlier in the week, saying: "Lacazette has a groin problem and he will be out certainly for Saturday's game."

Despite Wenger's certainty, Lacazette was a shock inclusion in the Gunners lineup for the clash at the Emirates Stadium.

Lacazette's inclusion means Arsenal are unchanged from their 5-0 win over Huddersfield on Wednesday.

For the Red Devils, Anthony Martial is preferred to Marcus Rashford as United are also unchanged. After suffering a minor injury in United's 4-2 win over Watford on Tuesday, Nemanja Matic is back in the line-up for Jose Mourinho's men.

Marouane Fellaini, Phil Jones and Eric Bailly all were unable to travel to London due to injuries. 

Arsenal XI: Cech; Bellerin, Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal, Kolasinac; Ramsey, Xhaka; Ozil, Alexis; Lacazette. Subs: Ospina, Mertesacker, Coquelin, Wilshere, Iwobi, Welbeck, Giroud

Man Utd XI: De Gea, Valencia, Lindelof, Smalling, Rojo, Young, Matic, Pogba, Lingard, Lukaku, Martial. Subs: Romero, Darmian, Blind, McTominay, Herrera, Mata, Rashford