So another weekend brings another massive must-win Arsenal game, as the Portugese bus conductor brings his Man United side to the Emirates to try and eke out a 0-0 draw.
This game could be more like a game of chess as both sides will be looking to hold off their opponents and trying to get a breakaway goal. Arsenal’s brilliant home record and the fans will give the Gunners the advantage especially as they have kept three clean sheets in a row since the comeback of Shkrodan Mustafi from injury. The trio of Koscielny, Mustafi and Monreal are looking super strong, and, as Per Mertesacker said: “We know that we can improve but we’re taking lessons from every single game, both offensively and defensively. At the moment we look desperate to keep a clean sheet in every game, and that’s what you want to see.”
As long as they can keep Man United at bay, I am sure that we now have the quality up the field to break down the United defence that conceded two away at Watford in midweek. We may be missing Alexandre Lacazette but we still have Ozil and Sanchez on form to get behind the United lines, and of course Aaron Ramsey is now relishing his role in the centre and can help set up more chances or maybe even get one himself. Mertesacker was gushing abouut the Welshman’s contribution in midweek. Aaron Ramsey made two of our goals against Huddersfield,”
“He’s fully fit and he makes a huge physical contribution to our play, which everyone knows he’s capable of.
“When Aaron’s fit, he’s magnificent. He’s been efficient lately and is really coming back to his best.
“Aaron’s contributions in the final third were impressive but in the final half hour, I thought that was replicated by the whole team. That’s what we’re capable of, and that’s what we want to see more of. !
Olivier Giroud was also impressive in the second half of the Huddersfield game, having six shots on target and even better, seeing two of them go in!
Keep the United forward line quiet and Arsenal will take all three points today.