Wenger feels United CANNOT be as lucky TWICE against Arsenal

It was a painful day for Arsene Wenger and everyone else concerned with Arsenal when Manchester United came to the Emirates stadium in late December, but only because of the result. The manager spoke after the game about how he was happy about the performance and believed that we should have won the game. Meanwhile Louis van Gaal and the United players could hardly believe their luck after they somehow got away with all three points.

Stats do not tell you everything as we know, but the fact that they took the lead before registering a shot on target speaks volumes, while Arsenal had 23 shots in total and nine of them were on target but we did not score until Giroud´s piledriver in the 90th minute.

It was just one of those days when things did not go our way, like the collision between Gibbs and Szczesny that saw our keeper have to go off and left Gibbs unable to get out of the way of Valencia´s wayward shot which defelcted off our left back for the opener.

And despite the fact that Arsenal were a bit naive in pushing too hard for a leveller and allowing Rooney to steal a second, Wenger would be happy with a similar performance from us at Old Trafford in the FA cup, as he explained to the Arsenal website, because he does not think that we could get so little of what we deserve a second time in a row.

The Frenchman said, “We came out of the first game with some frustration because we had produced a performance and didn’t get a result. That can happen in football. But if you produce a performance, nine times out of 10 you will win the game. That’s what we want to reiterate.

“It’s an interesting and exciting draw. We are the holders of this cup and we want to do absolutely everything to keep it. At some stage you have [to play the bigger teams].

“Last year we played Liverpool, Everton, Tottenham and that’s what you do to get through. It’s a good opportunity for us that we want to take.”

I keep expecting United´s luck to run out but as we saw against Preston last weekend, they keep getting the rub of the green. Having said that, Arsenal are playing better than we did in November and our first team should be stronger. When you consider that we had Monreal at centre back in that game and no Coquelin or Ozil, while Cazorla and Giroud were not fit enough to start, you can see why the boss is looking forward to the game and confident of ending our poor run against United. And what better time to do it?

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  1. Yes it all comes down to luck.
    That’s why Accrington Stanley will
    miss out on the Premier League
    Champions League double this year.

  2. Lets beat manutd at old Trafford twice and bring an end to dis poor record against Dem. It will be a turning point for us dis season and d future !!

  3. If Arsene Wenger stops his gung ho tactics away from home to top teams you be surprised how the fortunes of the opposition will flush down the toilet. COYG.

  4. y do we have to rely on luck ? if we are good enough we should be smashing them good and proper convincingly

  5. If they knock us out…it wil b the worst result of the season…if we knock them out it wil hurt them more than us in the many times we’ve lost against them!

  6. Man United has been our biggest feat over the last decade. It’s about time we clean that stat up. COYG.

  7. It’s all psychological, if Arsenal could comfortably win at Etihad I don’t see why Man united should be a big problem. Recent history may not favor us but after watching the first 30 minutes of a latest match against them, I knew we were to pay for those missed chances, and we surely did pay.

    So Wenger should tell his boys to take their chances as well as avoid seeking to score a perfect goal. Arsenal has a tendency of passing the ball to the net. Ozil and Carzola should try to make those shots from outside the box. Defenders should also be wary of Di Maria.

  8. Wenger must leave the talking to us. he should let the results and his team selection and tactics do the talking.

    we all know the many times we outplayed Womanchester but they always ended up with the result. surely you cant say they are lucky. how many times can they be lucky and we don’t get lucky. are we cursed or we just play with no real purpose and hunger and just wish a goal will come naturally.

  9. I think this time around arsenal will take this one if, we play with the same spirit and discipline we showed at etihad

  10. This is Arsenal’s Chance to really MESS UP ManU in a big way. All the time’s ManU have beaten us in the past years we still made 4th. But If we beat ManU at old trafford in the FA cup, it could derail their season. Their next games will be against tottenham and liverpool in the league. Arsenal needs this win to shake ManUs confidence going into the league because I do not believe for one second that ManU are as good as any of the surrounding teams. That game could either be a nail in the coffin for them or for us. We are good enough on paper, Now lets make it a reality. Gundown those Mancs.

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