The last time Arsenal went to Old Trafford for a Premier League match we were full of optimism as Manchester United were not only struggling in general for form under Louis van Gaal but were going through a bit of an injury crisis. The Gunners head there this weekend with a similar sort of situation but we must make the most of it this time instead of the awful showing we put on last season that saw us beaten 3-2.
I actually think that last season’s defeat to United will stand us in good stead because the players will not have the same sort of complacency that I think caused us to fail last time. This time I think that the players will listen to Arsene Wenger and be determined to drive home our advantage and I am sure that our manager has been pointing out the weak spots in their side where we can have some real success.
One of those is the whole back four, especially if Mourinho does not risk an early return for Valencia after the right back broke his arm. The full back areas are particularly dodgy looking for United and by pinning them back it will help us to lessen the impact of Bellerin’s injury.
Whether it is Luke Shaw, Blind or Rojo at left back, the pace and movement of Theo Walcott should cause them all sorts of problems, while the centre backs will struggle to cope with the pace and skill of Alexis Sanchez or the physical challenge of Giroud.
They are also without the physicality of Fellaini in the middle and that will only help Ozil to weave his magic. Where they might have some joy is through the likes of Mata, Martial and Rashford so Arsenal do not want to play too high a line and encourage the fast breakaway, but with Coquelin and Xhaka and Ramsey in front of our defence we should be able to cope.
Get at them and use the width of the flanks without being too gung ho is the key in my opinion. Do you agree?
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