Take the drivers side driveshaft out and also the intermidiate shaft. No question about it.
I was in exactly your situation a few weeks back and looking back I wish I had done it!
If you have not already...
remove the exhaust to manifold bolts ( x4) 13mm, tight and some may break off, don't worry that's life - drill them out later.
Remove the RUBBER mount to the exhaust just behind the engine.
Remove the Metal bracket/ehaust mounting thingie
Swing the exhaust out of the way and hold it there with cable ties...this will allow better access to get at the intermediate shaft mounting bolts.
Remove O/S Wheel
Remove the **** shields
split lower ball joint
reach in along the drive shaft and undo the six coupling bolts and plates (allen key heads with 13mm nyloc nuts on the back) - on mine these nuts were 'captive' on the N/S, but needed holding with a spanner on the O/S
Pull back the suspension strut to disengage the driveshaft from the intermediate shaft - you may need to loosen or remove the 3 bolts holding the strut top mount in the engine bay
Remove the intermediate shaft (3 x bolts)
Gearbox will now swivel on the long stud you probably still have sticking out of the engine sufficiently to pass the subframe.
Getting the exhaust out of the way might seem a lot of extra work but will pay dividends.