There you go Arsene Wenger, there is no need to waste your time making complex plans about how Arsenal should go about facing the current Premier League leaders at the Emirates tomorrow. The Gunners know how to create and score goals anyway, so as long as we can cope with the attacking threat from Manchester United, victory should be ours.
And a Metro report has just pointed out an easy way to curb the United goal threat; namely by stopping their creator in chief Juan Mata. While the United and England captain Wayne Rooney has been handed the number 10 role behind the centre forward, it is Mata´s contribution from the right that has been the most important for Louis van Gaal´s team.
The stats back this up, with the Spaniard having either scored or provided an assist for nearly half of their goals this season. 11 of their 25 have been down to Mata, so the law of averages tells you that if we can stop Mata then we can stop United from scoring.
Sounds like a job for Nacho Monreal, Gabriel and Francis Coquelin to me. In fact it was the combative French midfielder´s job on David Silva that led to Arsenal´s best result in a big EPL game for some time, so will he enable us to get one over on the red half of Manchester this time around?