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Marc Mayo

Arsenal XI vs Manchester United: Rice starts - Starting lineup, confirmed team news and injury latest

Arsenal face Manchester United in a blockbuster pre-season clash tonight with Mikel Arteta handing first starts to Kai Havertz, Declan Rice and Jurrien Timber.

Havertz starts in midfield in place of Leandro Trossard, who picked up a knock in the 5-0 rout of MLS All-Stars, alongside Martin Odegaard, with Rice in the deeper role.


The Arsenal boss said after the All-Stars friendly: “Havertz gives us something very different with his quality and size. When you have to beat the press for example and use him as a target man.

“So, we will see - for now, he's playing in the attacking-midfield position, but I'm sure throughout the season and throughout games as well, we're going to have the options to play him in different positions.”

Emile Smith Rowe and Thomas Partey have joined up with the Arsenal squad in the United States and both are on the bench, but Oleksandr Zinchenko and Mohamed Elneny, who are yet to play a part in pre-season as they continue their comeback from injury, are not in the squad.

Timber starts at right-back with Takehiro Tomiyasu at left-back, while Gabriel Martinelli comes in on the left wing and Eddie Nketiah gets his chance to impress up front, with Gabriel Jesus and Folarin Balogun on the bench.

Arsenal XI: Ramsdale, Timber, Saliba, Gabriel, Tomiyasu, Rice, Havertz, Odegaard, Saka, Martinelli, Nketiah

Subs: Hein, Runarsson, Tierney, Holding, White, Kiwior, Trusty, Partey, Jorginho, Smith Rowe, Trossard, Vieira, Marquinhos, Cozier-Duberry, Jesus, Balogun

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