Ole Gunnar Solksjaer brings his Man United team to the Emirates looking for their tenth straight away win in a row. That is an awesome stat, but Arsenal fans can also point out that we haven’t lost a home League game since the opening day of the season, so is it a case on the immovable object and the unstoppable force?
It is certainly a fascinating prospect, especially with there being just one point between the two sides, with United currently holding the fourth Champions League spot. You really can’t get bigger than this, and the Gunners legend Martin Keown is hoping that Emery has got his tactics right to stop the relentless Red devils. He said in the Mail: “United are the last top-six side Arsenal will face this season. There are no straightforward games in the Premier League but it is Emery’s side who have the most favourable run-in.
“Win this game and Arsenal can change the narrative. United rode their luck at times in Paris, particularly on the flanks, and it is up to Arsenal to remind them of their weaknesses.
“Their defence can be exposed if they are put under pressure. Emery’s best chance of success is to return to the tactics which proved so successful in the 2-0 win over Chelsea.
“That day, Arsenal used Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette as inside forwards with Aaron Ramsey breaking from midfield and forcing opponents into mistakes.
“Solskjaer will be well aware that Arsenal are a different animal at home. Buoyed by the crowd, they fly forward and take the game to the opposition.
“Arsenal must prove they have the character and personality required to be successful. Victory will give them belief that they can finish in the top four, just as beating United in 1998 gave us the belief that we could win the title.
“We are about to find out what Arsenal are truly made of.”
This is the biggest test of the season so far for Arsenal , and if they come away with the points there will real belief that we can make the Top Four. If they don’t, I dread to think what the reaction will be.