Why Arsenal will be hoping £60m Man United star plays key role after Ten Hag embarrassment

Arsenal will be hoping Casemiro has a part to play in their clash with Manchester United after latest disaster

Watching Crystal Palace demolish Manchester United would have been enjoyable for any Arsenal supporter but now more than ever Gunners supporters relished the entertainment. The reason being is Arsenal travel to the northwest this coming weekend to face Erik ten Hag’s side with the hope of guaranteeing the title race will go to the final match of the season.

The record at Old Trafford has been dire for Mikel Arteta's side, with just one league win since 2006. Last season saw Arteta's side come from behind before conceding twice on the counter to suffer their first defeat of the season.

Fast forward more than 18 months and Arsenal return to the Theatre of Dreams where they won the league of course more than two decades prior with all the momentum in their sails. Fresh off the back of four straight wins including victories over Chelsea and Tottenham, this side have never been more confident to go to their Achilles' heel of a ground.

Based on the performance against Palace, and in particular the defensive nightmare which Casemiro suffered, Arsenal’s forward's will be chomping at the bit for the Brazilian to continue in the back four. A shock injury in training to Harry Maguire has potentially ruled the England international out of the rest of the season.

At Selhurst Park, Casemiro was near-invisible at times as Michael Olise went unchallenged through the United midfield to score. He was robbed in his own half several times, and it proved costly as former Arsenal striker Alan Smith on Sky Sports commentary appeared to barely believe what he was watching as he described the lunacy on show.

There remain some semblances of hope for Man United. The latest reports are that several players are fighting to return for the visit of Arsenal at the weekend, including a number of key defensive stars.

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Lisandro Martinez, Raphael Varane, Luke Shaw and Victor Lindelof have not been ruled out of a potential recovery for the weekend. Scott McTominay, Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes could also return and were said to be in contention for the trip to south London, and so returning for Arsenal would seem likely.

Arsenal, meanwhile, could scarcely be in better shape physically. They are expected to welcome back Jurrien Timber to the group and he was a late call last weekend for the 3-0 win over Bournemouth and could make his first Premier League appearance since the opening day of the season when he suffered a serious knee injury.

Elsewhere, everyone is fit with Thomas Partey and Takehiro Tomiyasu now re-established in the starting XI and options from the bench in the form of Fabio Vieira and Gabriel Jesus. Otherwise, it will likely be an unchanged side from the team that has won the last three on the bounce.