Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho will come face to face again tomorrow as the best of enemies face off at Old Trafford (kickoff 2.45pm).
The match is a moerse test for both Wenger’s Arsenal and Manchester United, who have looked out of sorts under the Special One.
The Gunners are desperate to get their title challenge back on track with a win over the Red Devils at a ground they haven’t won at in 10 years.
For Wenger it also offers him the chance to finally beat his Portuguese nemesis for the first time in 13 meetings.
And the Frenchman is hoping his red-hot Chile star has no hangover from helping his nation to a 3-1 win over Uruguay when Alexis Sanchez has his fitness test today.
Wenger says: “He texted us to tell us he’s in good shape after the game. He came off after 84 minutes and now we have to wait. I see him tomorrow [Friday] morning and then I will see if he can be involved in the squad or not.
“What I will consider is the risk of injury because he played while recovering from a hamstring injury.
“I’ll consider the way he feels as well. On that front you depend on the honesty of the player, how they feel and how they recover.”
United will be without Zlatan Ibrahimovic for the clash, while Wayne Rooney is a doubt after pictures of him dikgesuip showed up on the frontpage of UK newspapers on Wednesday.
But Michael Carrick is confident that he can help United improve their league position, saying: “Physically I feel fine, I feel really good in all honesty.
“Whatever my contribution is, whether it’s big or it’s little, then I’m ready to make it.”