Arsenal line-up hint ‘leaked’ and what Alexandre Lacazette did to Nicolas Pepe in training

Arsenal’s final preparations for the Premier League clash against Manchester United are complete.

The Gunners enter the game at Old Trafford after a comfortable 2-0 win over relegation-threatened Newcastle.

While the result doesn’t say too much about Arsenal’s current position in the league, the victory over their past title rivals would help showcase their European qualifying credentials.

United have not won against Arsenal at Old Trafford in the league for almost three years, while Mikel Arteta’s team recorded a famous 1-0 victory in last season’s game.

And there are training photos to get us in the mood for what will be a gigantic clash against a team that just appointed Ralph Rangnick as interim coach.

Here’s what we saw in those training footage and what it tells us ahead of the game against United on Thursday night.

News tip from the goalkeeping team?

Aaron Ramsdale has taken over the number one spot at Arsenal.

The England stopper recently won his first senior call-up for his country and continues to impress between the sticks for the Gunners.

German international Bernd Leno has taken his place on the substitutes bench in recent matches, but was not seen in any of the pre-match training photos.

Instead, Arthur Okonkwo and James Hillson were the young men who trained alongside Ramsdale, and Okonkwo posted a hint on social media that he will be participating at Old Trafford.

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Lacquer keeping the mood

Alexandre Lacazette may be playing his final months at Arsenal, but he still plays a valuable role on and off the pitch.

The Frenchman has impressed with his recent performances, leading many to suggest that he might be offered a new contract at the club.

By contrast, Nicolas Pepe has struggled for playing time and recent reports claim that the Ivorian will be the subject of a transfer out of North London in January.

Regardless of the rumors, both players posed for a photo at training on Wednesday and Pepe was in good spirits alongside one of his closest friends on the team.

Arsenal’s Alex Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe during a training session at London Colney (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane / Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

The end of the road?

Eddie Nketiah has rejected Arsenal’s offer of a second contract extension.

The forward’s current contract expires in the summer and he appears to have no intention of committing to the club, which cannot guarantee that he will play regularly.

Another player whose future remains uncertain is Mohamed Elneny, with the Egyptian in a similar situation to Nketiah and able to sign a pre-contract with a foreign team from January.

Meanwhile, Cedric Soares and Pepe

Arsenal’s Cedric, Eddie Nketiah, Mo Elneny and Nicolas Pepe during a training session at London Colney (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane / Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

In the patch

Granit Xhaka has returned to individual training.

The 29-year-old appeared in good spirits Wednesday morning as he gets closer and closer to his return to first-team action.

Granit Xhaka is close to returning to the first team for Arsenal (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane / Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

This is good news for Arsenal, who have missed Xhaka in certain games this season, as Arteta previously praised the Swiss international for his leadership skills and passing ability.


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