There could be two very different approaches that Arsenal will face at Old Trafford tomorrow, with some fans expecting Jose Mourinho to set his Manchester United team up to stifle the space and frustrate our fluent, and creative attacking football, while some including our veteran keeper Petr Cech thinking that Mourinho will have to be more adventurous as he is already six points adrift of us and eight points off the top of the Premier League table so a draw would not be all that much use to him.
When I ask the question of whether Arsenal can do a Chelsea over Manchester United there are two ways to take it, but I think that both apply. When our Germany international star Mesut Ozil was talking about Chelsea this week however, as reported by the Evening Standard, it was clear that he was saying that the Gunners must try to produce another performance like the one against the Blues earlier in the season which saw us tear them apart and win confortably.
Arsenal go to Old Trafford tomorrow needing a win to make sure that we do not drop more than one game’s worth of points behind the current Premier League leaders, with Liverpool sitting on top of the table on 26 points, Chelsea one behind with 25 and the Gunners fourth and level on points with third placed Man City on 24.
Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal players should be well aware of the potential dangers that we may face from the Manchester United and England international forward Marcus Rashford, as it was the Gunners that were United’s opponents when Rashford made his memorable Premier League debut last season.
After Arsenal were forced to accept a draw in our last Premier League match, which even though it was a north London derby was a disappointing result with the respective form that Arsenal and Tottenham took into the game, it is very important that we get back to winning ways this weekend.
The way that the fixture list is falling at the minute may well feel like the worst possible timing for Arsenal fans and to be fair it is far from ideal for us to have to face a north London derby with Tottenham and a trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United in the Premier League as well as the crunch clash in the Champions League with PSG in the month of November which is well publicised as being a traditionally tough time for us.
Even though Arsenal have enjoyed a very good period with a 14 game unbeaten run after a slow start to the current season, it is still very early days and we are still locked in a very tight tangle of teams at the top of the Premier League.
While most Arsenal fans, if not all of us, have been enjoying the trials and tribulations of our old Premier League rivals Manchester United ever since the red nosed devil Sir Alex Ferguson stepped aside as their manager, a lot of us are still surprised that they still have not managed to get it together under David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and now Jose Mourinho.