Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that he is still undecided on who will start as the main striker against Manchester United on Sunday (28 February). The Gunners face a crucial clash against the Red Devils as they chase their first Premier League title in over a decade and the manager is keen to get back to winning ways after the midweek disappointment against Barcelona in the Champions League.
Theo Walcott was the manager's preferred choice in the number nine role at the start of the season, but an injury to the England international has seen Olivier Giroud take over the mantle as the manager's first choice. The Frenchman has started every game in the league as the central striker since October 2015 and the last time he scored was a brace against Liverpool on 13 January.
Danny Welbeck has now recovered from his knee injury, which kept him out for ten months, and is looking sharp ahead of the trip to Manchester United. The former Red Devils striker made an instant impact on his return when he scored the winner against Leicester City to keep Arsenal in the title race. Wenger, however, is unsure whether the forward is ready to start a game as he has not yet fully attained match fitness.
"I haven't decided what I will do yet [on Welbeck starting]. I have not given up on [Theo playing through the middle] at all," Wenger said, as quoted by the London Evening Standard.
The 66-year-old manager also praised United's young striker Marcus Rashford, who made a major impact on debut, when he scored a brace during the Old Trafford club's 5-1 win over FC Midtjylland in the Europa League. The manager was impressed with their showing, but believes it is his team's performance and attitude that is key to bring back the three points from Manchester.
"I watched [Rashford] last night and he was quite impressive. I know all of their players. I didn't know Rashford but I knew all the other ones."
"It's quite simple to prepare. I'm convinced that the first thing needed is to prepare for a strong performance on our side," the French manager added.