Well it did not last long Arsenal fans, and to be honest it was a bit weird having a kind of non-aggression pact with Manchester United in recent years, when the biggest talking point was the little boy and his little boy dreams. This season, however, the rivalry is right back on.
Louis van Gaal has made sure of that with his recent comments about Danny Welbeck, claiming that the new Arsenal striker did not cut the mustard at Old Trafford and so suggesting that he has taken a step down by joining Arsenal, as reported by Sky Sports. Yeah Louis, a step down into the Champions League!
You cannot blame the new United boss I suppose, because he has had nothing but grief about the sale of Welbeck to Arsenal, including digs from United legends like Scholes, Ferdinand and Bryan Robson. And the capture of Falcao seems to have been forgotten with all the talk of Welbeck.
The other real issue is that United are casting green eyed looks at out Champions League record and they now see us once again as a serious rival, even if it is for a Champions League spot rather than the title. Hopefully, of course, Welbeck will bang goals in all season and we won’t even be thinking of fourth spot, but don’t be surprised to see the gloves come off and for Wenger and van Gaal to start the mind games.
It does make football interesting, though, so I say bring it on, let’s have it, come and have a go if you think you’re hard enough. Let battle commence!