Quite a few questions awaiting to be answered against United by Konstantin Mitov
So it’s Super Sunday with Man United v Arsenal at Old Trafford. Can we do it? Can we stop a terrible run of defeats at their place? We’ll know soon. A win will surely settle them in fourth, but a draw most likely will do the same.
It’ll be a tough one, because we need to recover mentally. Will we bounce back from the Swansea defeat? I’m not sure. We have a major lack of pace. Without Chamberlain and Welbeck you feel that the side is two times slower. Theo will not start a game of such magnitude – so where does that leave us ?
Giroud had two games where he was completely shut off, and I feel that against United his presence will be minimum again. But we have nobody to come in for him, which is another reminder that we do need another striker. All the top teams have more than one.
Wenger doesn’t like a big squad. He doesn’t know what to do with it. Players like Rosicky and Walcott are benched in place of tired players for games we can afford to rotate a bit. Wenger follows the rules that when the system works for a few games, you don’t need to change it. That’s why people learn our trick and counter us with such success.
The goalkeeper is another major doubt for me. We’ll go with Ospina but his mistake against Swansea was another reminder that we do need a new goalkeeper. We’ve needed one for years. Go and buy Cech or Lloris and get done with it. I still remember two incredible saves De Gea made in that FA cup game. Practically De Gea’s heroics are the difference between United and Liverpool, which is the difference between the CL and Europa League.
We’ll line up with a squad very similar to our last 11 games. The problem is that Arsene is predictable, thus so easy to counter. United will most likely be what they’ve been all season. Long balls and crosses from the wing. Fellaini will be one we need to shut down.
Another one is Wayne Rooney. He always torments our defence and we really lose our shape in the back when we try to win a game. It’s a tough one to call. I wish we break the bad league record we have over there. Third place isn’t as big as second is for me, but I really wish we don’t play a Champions League qualification game.
Best of luck to the boys on Sunday!