Arsenal can field new signing in time for Man United clash as Kai Havertz is tipped for new role – Football.London

Arsenal face Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, but how many changes should Mikel Arteta make to the side that started the 1-1 draw against Fulham?
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Mikel Arteta has a couple of big decisions to make with regard to Arsenal's starting line-up for Sunday's Premier League clash against Manchester United.
It's safe to say the Spanish tactician has been experimenting at the start of the new season. Facing Nottingham Forest, Crystal Palace and Fulham – teams whom the Gunners are expected to dominate in terms of possession – in the opening three games has resulted in Gabriel Magalhaes being the surprise omission.
However, it's understood that the reason the Brazilian is yet to start a Premier League game for Arsenal this season is tactical rather than as a result of speculation surrounding his future amid interest from the Saudi Pro League, and therefore he should be available for selection this weekend.
Considering the threat Man United pose, particularly in transition, Arteta can hand Gabriel a recall as one of two changes in defence with Oleksandr Zinchenko replacing Jakub Kiwior at left-back. This is along the lines of what Gary Neville is expecting from the Gunners and he's gone a step further by suggesting an alteration in the engine room.
"Sometimes you need to go back to basics. I'd expect next week Mikel Arteta is going to end that experiment and go with a solid back four," the Sky Sports pundit said on his podcast. "Move Partey into midfield with Declan Rice and Martin Odegaard. Get back to something which resembles what a team should look like.
"Balance in a team is very important. Innovation is fantastic but sometimes something that started as a good idea evolves into something which doesn't work. I feel there is that with Arsenal. They'll go back to the basics of 4-3-3. Manchester United are decent on the counter-attack but it is a big test for them."
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If Arteta takes Neville's advice on board and reverts to a 4-3-3 formation on Sunday then it could be that Kai Havertz makes way. A starter in all three Premier League games so far, unless he's in line to operate up front instead of Gabriel Jesus, Leandro Trossard or Eddie Nketiah, then a bench role might be what the £65million summer signing has to settle for.
The other realistic change the Gunners manager could be considering is recalling Takehiro Tomiyasu to the matchday squad. Available again after serving a one-match suspension, the Japan international might even be in contention to start instead of Ben White given what happened in the corresponding meeting last season.
When the Arsenal vs Man United fixture kicks off, the summer transfer window will have been closed for around 50 hours and as things currently stand, the north London outfit's priority is sales. Although, Arteta has not ruled out the possibility of bolstering his squad even further.
Amid talk of a new defender arriving to replace the injured Jurrien Timber or the the addition of a forward, as per the Premier League regulations, the Gunners would have to register any new signing by 12 noon on Friday, September 1 for him to be available for selection against Erik ten Hag's side.
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