Should Arsenal expect Man United to park a big red bus

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.

Arsene Wenger will be hoping that the players produce a better performance against Manchester United than they did against the spuds, but the boss will need to get his tactics right as well, especially as he is coming up against his old enemy Jose Mourinho who the Frenchman has got a terrible record against.

The big question for me is what to expect from United. I have a feeling that despite the game being played at Old Trafford with the home crowd wanting the sort of exciting and attack driven football they got used to in the Sir Alex Ferguson era, Arsenal will come up against a typically Mourinho style big red bus.

Although United came up with a better performance and a convincing win in their last game, it was only against struggling Swansea City and Mourinho will surely know that they are up for a much tougher test from the Gunners. He has no Ibrahimovic to lead the line and has a few injury problems in defence as well so I think he will be happy with a point while hoping to nick a breakaway winner.

As long as Arsenal are ready for this approach I think we have the players to break United down but perhaps Wenger needs to recognise this in the team selection. Maybe Xhaka instead of Coquelin would add to our attacking threat and maybe the physical presence and link up play of Giroud would be better in a match where there will be little space for the forwards.

Do you expect Mourinho to park the United bus and if so will we be able to get past it?


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  1. Budd says:

    Actually I would not be really worried about this. If Pogba shows up this game, them parking the bus will be last of our problems. If we keep a small width during the game they will have no issue in defending against us. Open up the flanks with Wally and Iwobi and we will murder them. I think Wenger will start Elneny and Coquelin to be honest. I don’t know who to put on the right flank to be honest. But then again, it is Wenger’s problem.

    1. Twig says:

      I think the duo of Ramsey and Xhaka will be too hard to resist!

  2. Arsenal_Girl says:

    Coquelin and Xhaka

    1. Alexis the Great says:

      I agree. Le Coq and Xhaka will keep us tight at the back while we counter attack and nick a winner!

  3. Wayne Barker says:

    Can’t see them settling for a point. Does them no good. Let us stop underestimatin them. With no ibra they would even more dangerous with rashford or martial upfront. Let us get 3 points and not prepare for excuses

    1. Alexis the Great says:

      Wenger would be happy with at least a point away at all the big sides. We just have to beat all of them at home.
      But are United even considered a big team any more?

  4. summerbreez says:

    I dont care what they Park as long as we do not concede actually It would suit me best as we can play around them and keep the ball from them we will score but i think they will go at us so we need to be at our best as long as we do not concede we will win the game but we will need to be crisp accurate and fast 123 goal

  5. G-Rude says:

    What is he going to park the bus with?
    All his defenders are injured lol

  6. Wilshegz says:

    dnt see him parking the bus at OldTrafford but if he does (afterall it’s Mou) we bring in Giroud for headers in 2nd half.
    Rojo n Blind ain’t the kinda defenders to compete with Giroud ariel. hopefully Giroud doesn’t head it straight to DeGea’s arms as he did Lloris last time out.

    Ramsey Xhaka too are good shooters

  7. TR7 says:

    whether there will be buses or trains,this should be a must win game bt plz no start for OG and Rambo.let them come as subs.

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