United Kingdom - Arsenal could be bolstered by the return of club captain
Laurent Koscielny for the busy festive period after seven months out due to a
ruptured Achilles tendon.
Koscielny missed out on France's World Cup victory in Russia
and is yet to feature for new Arsenal boss Unai Emery.
The 33-year-old defender limped out of the Checkatrade
Trophy clash at Portsmouth on Tuesday night, but Arsenal under-23 coach Freddie
Ljungberg confirmed that was just due to cramp.
Koscielny could even be in contention for selection against
Huddersfield in the Premier League on Saturday.
"Laurent Koscielny continued his rehabilitation on
Tuesday with an appearance for our Under-21s in a Checkatrade Trophy game at
Portsmouth," said Arsenal in a statement.
"We lost 2-1, but Laurent completed 85 minutes and has
come through the game without complications.
"Laurent, who played 45 minutes for our Under-23s at
Derby last week, will not be involved against Manchester United tonight.
"He will be assessed ahead of Saturday's Premier League
game against Huddersfield Town at Emirates Stadium."
Arsenal are on a high having come from behind to beat local
rivals Tottenham 4-2 on Sunday and stretched their unbeaten run to 20 games at
Old Trafford on Wednesday with 2-2 draw.