Should Arsenal stick or twist against Man United?

Both Arsenal and our opponents in the FA cup, Manchester United, have had a fairly up and down season. We have won games that maybe we shouldn’t have, played badly and lost, frustrated the fans and confused the critics, but we are both in the top four of the Premier League and both still have a great chance of a trophy.

With Chelsea and Man City already out of the FA cup, the quarter-final at Old Trafford on Monday could well be the game that decides who lifts the famous cup at Wembley in May. But both sides, or the managers of them at least, probably see this as the second priority, with the race to get one of the Champions League spots being the real goal for the season.

I think that the way we approach this game could be crucial, but I have to admit that I am not sure which way would be better for the Gunners. I feel that we should be adventurous and attack, as that seems to suit the players better. We have come unstuck a fair few times with that appraoch though, and the visit of Man UNited to the Emirates this season was a prime example.

Perhaps with a draw being a good result for us, it would make more sense for the Gunners to keep their powder dry and be cautious. That could even lead to an Arsenal win as it did at Man City and it decreases the chance that we lose. I just don’t think it is natural for us though and I believe that uncertainty of approach is what made us play so badly against Monaco, neither one thing or the other.

So do you think Arsenal should just do what comes naturally and hope for the best?

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  1. bayjerkoff says:

    Still don’t understand why benik afobe is there and danny welbeck is here…..all these overated words of wenger developing youth is more abt luck…dat guy can’t just fire even if his life depends on it
    Another 16million pounds wasted on so called english talent

  2. Greg says:

    More like stick to our mindset and be focus towards beating man u, and knocking them out of the fa cup on monday! Coyg!

  3. Greg says:

    We seem to have a “fear factor” about man u, that we need to get over! Lets go into this fa cup game with a positive mindset that we can beat man u and have the belief in our team spirit / mindset, that we are better than them! So come on gunners lets make it another day at the office, business as usual and beat man u, knocking them out of the fa cup! Coyg!

  4. cheeterspotter says:

    Hopefully wenger learned something from the win against ie play it tight, win or draw. No matter,as long as we are still in the hat when the next draw is made.COYG.

  5. moneytalks says:

    I am not gonna watch Man Utd v Arsenal because I know we have no tactics to beat better sides.

  6. Twig says:

    For many years the pattern has been, Arsenal dominates, United hit us on the break, United wins.

    1. Daymee says:

      Someone’s been watching
      They will wait patiently to hit us on the break. They have no other way.
      If we score first and dominate possession, that tactic becomes ineffective and they will need to come out to look for an equaliser. That’s the way to beat these bastards. Do to them what they plan to do to us. But don’t go into the game that oh because we know we are better than them we should attack them. Concede first and it’s game over!

  7. Pascal Cygan says:

    This game will be very different from the one at the Emirates. Wenger will most likely use the same tactics that we displayed at the Etihad stadium (playing for a draw). I’d prefer Monreal over Gibbs since we need to defend as a compact unit from the start. Our recent record against United is a clear indication of how we failed to address this issue. We also need Alexis and the Ox on each flank and drop either of Ozil/Cazorla. Our back 4 should be able to handle United’s long balls but Alexis and the Ox need to track back to cover the overlapping runs by their fullbacks. Ozil and Welbeck left too much space for Rose and Walker at the Lane and we got punished for those mistakes.

  8. fred cowardly says:

    Major difference between our loss to United and Monday’s match is that we have Coquelin, Koscielny, Walcott and Ozil. None of these players played last time as they were injured. Also, last time Giroud and Cazorla didn’t start.

    So we will have a better team.

    It’s going to a VERY tough match. It’s the FA Cup. It’s United. It’s Old Trafford

    But in my heart I know we can do it.
    I don’t want a draw. A win would be amazing. Winning at Old Trafford would be a win we will remember for long time.

    My Team:
    Bellerin….Koscielny…chambers …Monreal

    Bench: Ospina, Mertsacker, Gibbs, Wilshere, rosicky, Ox, Welbeck

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