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.
Just like this weekend´s clash with Manchester United, that was a big game against a strong rival and one that we have struggled against over the last 10 years or so. So it was great to see Arsenal play with freedom, desire and fluency and that is what Ozil wants from his teammates tomorrow.
The German play maker said, “[We need to] win every game, get as many points as possible and also be successful against the big teams, like we were against Chelsea.
“We have the quality to beat any team and that’s what we want to show this season.
“You can see that the big clubs at the top have quality, and that we have to win every game because of how tight it is at the top.
“Our goal has to be to look at ourselves.
“If we win the games, we’ll be at the top at the end.”
Another way of saying that Arsenal need to do a Chelsea, though, is to attempt to replicate what they did against the same side we are facing tomorrow, because just a few weeks ago Antonio Conte´s men absolutely destroyed the bewildered looking United of Jose Mourinho and we should be able to take some good tips from that game.
It was achieved by high energy and a heavy press that United could not cope with and I think that has to be the blueprint for Arsenal at Old Trafford. Their confidence will be shaky at best and so a fast start by the Gunners should put us on the front foot and allow us to do what Ozil suggests and show our quality.
Will we see the best of Arsenal tomorrow?