Why Wenger is so confident about Man United clash

This is a massive game for Arsenal for a number of reasons. But Arsene Wenger seems to be feeling very confident and sounds like he is really looking forward to the game with excitement rather than any nerves and I think I know why. Because the FA cup quarter-final against Manchester United on Monday is at Old Trafford!

This might sound a bit strange, especially when you remember that our away record has not been exactly brilliant this season, while United have been much better at home than away. The stats don’t lie but don’t forget either that the Gunners have just won back to back Premier League games away from home for the first time this season, so our self-belief is up and as an Arsenal.com report shows, Wenger believes that it will be a good day to be a Gooner.

He said, “We go to Manchester United to qualify and to give absolutely everything. That’s the target of the day – hard work, team effort and to give absolutely everything. Both teams will do that and I believe it could be a very interesting game.

“At the moment we are doing very well away from home. The size of the pitch is exactly the same everywhere, it’s just down to how much we turn up and how much effort we put in to win the game.

“It is a [game with] special intensity because it is between two teams who have a chance to win this competition. Both teams will think, ‘If we get over this hurdle, we have a good opportunity to win the competition’. It is more focused on the FA Cup purely than the Premier League.

“I still think possession is an important part of the game – you cannot go into a game and say you do not want the ball. Sometimes you do not have the ball because your opponent is better, sometimes you are leading 1-0 or 2-0 and your team is focused on defending the advantage.

“You have to analyse it. You also have to look at ways of possession – is it in your own half or is it in the opponents half? If it is in your half, it can be a bit illusionary possession.

“But overall I still think it is very important that the sport rewards people and teams who take initiative.”

Arsenal seem to have found a way to play against the big clubs on the road. And I think that Wenger feels that playing away against United might suit us more, as the onus will be on them to come forward rather than just soaking up pressure as they did at the Emirates and a more open game should suit the likes of Ozil, Alexis, Cazorla and all a lot better.

Finally, the pressure is off Arsenal a little bit as if we do lose it would not be as bad as losing at home. But will that pressure tell on the United team?

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  1. lola says:

    i will nevet forgive wenger for loosing against utd at home making me a fukn laughing stock to my utd supporting friends.i think arsenal will loose this match too.any team who cant beat this piece of sht utd team should be shot in head.

    1. Champagne Charlie says:

      How’s anger management going Lola…

      1. lola says:

        what anger management? grrrrrrrrrr….lol

    2. destined4success says:

      Is this the same Lola Adesina that I used to know?

  2. SG44 says:

    We need the traveling fans to make some noise for our team!!

    1. Champagne Charlie says:

      They usually do, we just need some help from Arsenal Corporation to make the HOME games actually seem like home games.

      To anyone who buys a ticket, or owns a season ticket……I sincerely hope you go to the Emirates, or an away ground, with the intent to lose your voice. Silent fans need to stay home and stick to the SKY/BT TV package.

      1. Luko Bratzi says:

        Found Ya Charlie Well got to take my hat off to Ya on the yesterday’s blogs Ya had em all at Ya but you gave as good as you got.hope Coquelin has a good game on Rooney, and mabey just ,mabey give him a thumbs up. As for the team Wenger puts out it will be wrong whoever starts.Gonna love this one

  3. Gunoor says:

    I beg to differ. If we play like we did against Man City, where everyone turn up and with the pressure on ManUtd to attack us, we can win this game. Just dont’t make the same mistakes that we did against Monaco where I think we were a bit confident and the fact that Giroud left his shooting boots in the locker

    1. Champagne Charlie says:

      All well and good, but facts are facts (everyone seems to have a hard-on for stats right now) and that Man City performance was the only significant win against the top 6 this season – it’s not a measure of how we typically perform in these games.

      Can only hope we repeat that performance, but evidence suggests we’re more likely to find a way to lose it. If we don’t get a win in this one Wenger really needs to take stock at the end of the season and think about hanging up the coat.

      Fingers and toes crossed for this one, I can’t stand to watch us get rolled over yet again by a decent team.

  4. optimisticgooner says:

    Last year when Manchester United’s struggles began under moyes and it looked like finally we hav a superior record and can beat Dem, but we failed, 1 loss and 1 draw as I recall. Dis year again we thought we will beat Dem and went into d match wid overconfidence and totally lost our nerves after d 1st goal. I wouldn’t lie, I m damn nervous.

    1. Arsenal4eternity says:

      I am rather optimistic. Believe me, one day Arsenal will beat ManUtd, they won’t beat us forever. I believe that day is Monday 9th March, 2015. Mark my words!

  5. Maigari33 says:

    I don’t know why all this false hope. It is damn obvious that united have not being our mates for very long time; we lost against a shitty moyes side and repeated our specialty (Losing against top teams) against unsettled LVG side, how is it now we’re in this delusion?
    The truth stands, our team lack motivator; somebody that can talk to the team and show them they must do it the hard way or the easy way. The only thing wenger does is to suck out their confident right from dressing room (you will always see this immediately they’re out the tunnel). Our players just play with no committment and so does the coach because he’s always so occupied with his trembling hand that he can neither talk sense to any player or even make sub at the place at the right time.
    As a matter of fact, I have already started receiving condolences from my friends right from the day of the draw and yesterday, it was as if I have already played and lost.

  6. rex says:

    got a feeling about this one but u ain’t saying lest it gets jinked!

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