Sunday’s fixture against Manchester United offers the team and Arsene Wenger the chance to finally put an end to the notion that we have a soft underbelly in the big games.
Despite our FA Cup win at Old Trafford in March, our record there in the Premier League doesn’t make for pleasant viewing and we could certainly solidify a top three finish with a win.
Louis van Gaal’s men have gone off the boil in recent week and after a run of three straight defeats, a late winner put them back on track at Crystal Palace.
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Here are three tactical flash-points Wenger must consider.
3. Stop Ashley Young resurgence…
The former Aston Villa man was the butt of many jokes aimed at Manchester United; however over the last few months, Young has become a serious customer.
It could be fair to say that along with Marouane Fellaini the England international is one their most important players. The two combine very often due to their complementary qualities and we’ll certainly have to stop Young cutting in and delivering some wicked balls into the box.
He often jinks in and out, but mostly favours turning sharply on his right foot and delivering to the back-post. Bellerin’s defensive capabilities will come under intense pressure.