Arsenal boss says it’s Now or Never at Man United

Before Arsenal resume the quest to make it a record of three FA cup trophy wins in a row with a 5th round replay and then a potential quarter final with Watford in the same week, there are three Premier League games that require total focus from the Gunners and we could really do with maximum points as well.

With the EPL title race looking like one of the most hotly contested ever and probably going right down to the wire, Arsene Wenger knows that this is an absolutely crucial period of the season. And it is a period that the Gunners cannot afford to mess up if we want to keep our challenge up.

Starting with the trip to Manchester United on Sunday then, the boss has warned his players that this is no time to let the nerves get the better of them. As reported on the Arsenal website he wants them instead to take this game as a big opportunity to lay down a marker and keep up the pressure on the other title chasers Leicester, Tottenham and Man City.

The Frenchman said, “It is the key period. We work the whole season for this period and that’s where you’re really tested but it’s where you have an opportunity to show your quality as well. On that front, that is the most interesting period of the season.

“You can show quality, nerves and desire as well. We need to focus on the Premier League where we have a big part to play. Everybody drops points and it is unpredictable. We have rebuilt a good run in the Premier League and we need to continue that.

“How many points that will be needed [to win the title]? We don’t know. Let’s not set any limit on the number of points we can get. We have put ourselves in a strong position again. We want to take advantage of that and continue our good run in the Premier League.”

The defeat to Barcelona has made progress in the Champions League highly unlikely and we can cross the FA bridge when it comes to it. Right now the players need to step up and show their title credentials and against a struggling Man United they have the perfect chance to do just that.

But we cannot afford any more of the poor finishing or costly mistakes that have been all too present in recent weeks. It is now or never for Arsenal, so will be take the chance or let it slip?

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  1. OT
    I see that arsene wenger these years doesn’t take any risk
    He may get the tactics right but he don’t olay the players whom can do this tactics on the pitch
    How does he want to play counter attacking game with giroud uptop
    Believe me it’s not coincidence that alexis doesn’t perform when giroud is on the pitch
    I don’t know how a coach with arsene wenger history and experience doesn’t find a solution for a very simple fact.
    How he can let an average striker like giroud lead our line for 4 years now while there is no financial restrictions on the club anymore
    There are many thing that i don’t understand about you arsene
    I hope he win the BPL and then please arsene enough is enough

  2. And i forgot to mention the DM issue when the whole world knew we needed a backup foe coq but only arsene didn’t recognize that fac
    The fact that had a great effect on our season in the premiere league run and the champions league

  3. Ooookay, But isn’t it Wenger’s job to install the belief into the team?… The same team that he supposedly had belief in?
    Hence: No summer outfield signings!
    All this BS! about wenger warning the players just isn’t good enough, it’s down to him to put things right and make things happen, instead of making excuses all the time!
    Can’t you see that he has already installed his excuse, if we fail to beat Utd?….

    Wenger- “Well… I did warn them, but they were too weak and nieve”

    1. i cant explain it, but i have a good feeling about sunday.

      i also hope we get to see sth different: like a welbeck up top either replacing giroud or in tandem w giroud.

  4. One positive Omen for Sunday’s game!
    Whenever we have done the double over Utd, in a season,
    We have gone on to win the premier league!

    If we beat Utd on Sunday,
    The Premier league Crown is destined to be ours!

    If we can’t beat an injurie ravaged Utd team,
    We may aswell kiss our season good bye!

  5. I think every one in the dressing room know the predicament they are in so hope to see the Arsenal up and ready on full power firing all cylinders come Arsenal lets push up

    1. we’ve hit the posts so many times . and faced GKs having their best day. but we need to keep firing the shots. a few more from the outside. and dont forget to let MU have 60%: we want to be the ones to break on counter, not them on us.

    2. i think when we break out of our current funk, it’ll happen all at once to many players simultaneously.

      time to rest giroud. try theo up front or welbeck or a tandem.

      play for 90min, not 70.

      no exuberant attacks and forget to defend.

      class is permanent.

  6. Well, I like Wenger and have a big respect for him, but I think its time to move on. I do hope we win the title this year, so that Wenger can either move on or so that a top class striker would want to come to arsenal. # COYG first thing first though, I do hope we win @ man united in style

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