So yet another crucial big match is approaching and Arsenal fans will want to beat Man United just as much as we wanted to beat Tottenham a couple of weeks ago. There is no doubt that Mourinho will be playing his mind games before the game and trying to wind up Arsene Wenger, but the Boss just wants to concentrate on getting the team ready and is not be pulled into the usual media circus surrounding his rivalry with Jose Mourinho.
When asked about the so-called Special One, Wenger simply said: “It is a game between Arsenal and Man United at home. I just want to focus and to prepare well my team, and give my team a good chance to win the game. Man United is doing well at the moment, we are doing well at the moment, so it looks to be a promising game.”
Arsenal never used to have a good record in games against Mourinho, but we have now won our last two fixtures at the Emirates against them so we shouldn’t fear the Portugese big mouth any more. Jose is well-known for playing for a draw away at his Top Six rivals, but Wenger shrugged off any talk of Mourinho ‘parking the bus’ “No, I don’t expect anything special.” he said. “I just expect us to be ready to recover now. Man United is a strong team and I expect us just to cope with the problems they will give us. They will attack as well. They will not only defend.
“I haven’t seen them a lot and it is not down to me to judge the way they play. I have just to look at the way we play and to prepare well for the game. They are a dangerous team, they have made fantastic results so to beat a team like that you need to be at your best and that’s what I want to focus on.”
We know that the media will try and twist any comment by Mourinho or Wenger to fuel the sensationalist headlines, but Le Prof did a good job there of giving them absolutely nothing to go on. It will be interesting to see if Mourinho can do the same….