Arsenal v Man United – Surely this is Wenger’s best chance of beating Mourinho?

Arsenal may have been severely embarrassed by Tottenham in the North London Derby, but there is still hope that we can make the Top Four positions if we manage to beat Jose Mourinho’s Man United side next weekend. The fact is that Wenger has an awful record against the ‘Special One’ in the League, having never beaten him at all, but surely this must be his best chance yet.

United have been decimated by injuries, with Ibrahamovic, Marcos Rojo, Chris Smalling, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Phil Jones being joined by Luke Shaw and Eric Bailly in the treatment room this weekend. Not only that, but Arsenal have a full week to prepare for the game, while United have to face Celta Vigo in the Europa League semi-final on Thursday, so will be expected to rest some of his stars against Arsenal to prepare for the second leg a week later.

As Mourinho said before the Manchester derby: “If we beat Celta Vigo, we go to the final and, yes, it is important to us to play Champions League, but this club wants trophies.

“We cannot give the club the Premier League. We have a 25 per cent chance to win the Europa League.

“I will rotate players again to give some players a chance again. In terms of expectation, it is better to go into a derby with one point difference rather than four.”

So with Mourinho rotating the players that are not injured, surely United will have an extremely weakened (or tired) team at the Emirates next Sunday. Surely if Wenger can’t beat him this time, then he surely never will….



  1. GrahamB says:

    You know they will park the bus and you also know we are not good at breaking down that sort of defence.
    I believe that if Man U win the Europa League then whoever finishes in 4th will not get into Champs League, anyone confirm?

    1. Tidan2 says:

      Not quite. The only rule is that the CL cannot have more than 5 teams from a single country. 1+2+3+4+Europa winner (CL winner as well challenges it)

    2. khangunners says:

      Rules were changed it will hve no effect on fourth placed team

      1. Break-on-through says:

        City should be glad.

  2. AFC says:

    Mourinho can take his team to the North Pole and back and he would still beat Wenger without a problem.No way Wenger will beat Mourinho.

  3. khangunners says:

    When i think about man u i recall so many seasons where we were expected to beat them only to come back with a beating. Last year i was 100% sure we will beat man u at old trafford but what happened left me in shock. Rashford was made to look loke mesii!. You never know what arsenal turns up so lets hope The arsenal turn up

    1. kabiru says:

      We will loose 2..0 with out a shot on target

  4. Break-on-through says:

    I wouldn’t get my hopes up no matter how weak utd might look. Some managers can spot the weaknesses in Arsene’s systems and Mourinho does it better than most. A real tactician knows how work on Arsenal’s vulnerable areas. And even if we don’t show any vulnerabilities he knows how to coax us into playing a game so that they show up eventually.

    I’ll be interested to see if Ozil plays. Keown was very unimpressed by his lack of anything, saying he probably wants to sulk his way out for a move, but I just think was typical Ozil. I heard he cussed the doctor out and kicked doors afterwards, that doesn’t fool anyone. If you really cared you’d bloody show it like a man giving everything out there, instead of petulantly acting up afterwards when the fight is over.

  5. luvdaguns says:

    we were hovering around the top of the table when Wenger decided not to start Giroud the whole first part of the season, once Wenger put him in the starting lineup we dropped like a rock… We stand little chance if he is on the pitch,

  6. frustrated gunner says:

    parking bus or not mourinho will simply outclass wenger. then u will again hate mourinho more than ever.

  7. Red Dawn says:

    Surely to goodness Wenger can see that his time is up.
    No one is that blind and stupid are they ?

  8. John0711 says:

    How just how is that s the best time. Shityiest we’ve ever been and they are on the up

  9. Vlad says:

    Mou is already looking for excuses in case we do manage to beat them. Injuries aside, it’s still a strong side with Rooney, Martial, Rashford, Herrera, Pogba, and Mkhitaryan. Plenty of big names capable of big things. Having said that they’ll probably park the bus, and settle for a 0-0 or 1-1 draw. If I’m Wenger though, I go all out and try to beat the living daylights out of them. Because nothing but a convincing victory will be good enough for fans (including myself) after what happened against Spurs.

  10. RSH says:

    Wenger will never beat Mourinho in a real match. ever. Why are we even entertaining this idea?

    1. RSH says:

      no matter how badly Mou’s teams are doing he still manages to always get one over on us. It’s pathetic.

  11. Hibeekay says:

    We never know, we just might be in for a real shocker here. So why dont we just hope for the best and (cough) of course expect the WORST!

  12. Nebsy says:

    He won’t win, but he won’t lose. It will be the most toothless 0 0 draw the earth has ever seen.
    I predict 2 shots on target for both clubs.

    But I’ve got a question regarding the FA cup winner. Will Arsenal qualify for the UCL, should they win the FA cup?

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