Traditionally the result of the matches between the clubs have been reflective of their respective success that season, and with United having the best of the Gunners overall during the last few campaigns, Wenger is looking to turn the title fortunes in their favour.
It will be the first time the Arsenal boss will face a manager-less United, and hopes a win at Old Trafford can inspire further confidence in his side who enter the fixture with consecutive wins over Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund.
Wenger knows his side’s chances of winning the Premier League title will be assessed after a game of this magnitude, but is feeling confident of coming away with a result.
According to the Arsenal official website, he said:
When we have done very well in winning leagues, we have always done well at Old Trafford. Because they were one of the main rivals as well and people judge you on how well you do over there, so it is a big game.
We believe we can get a result. We go there like we go everywhere, to control the game and win it. We still think the best way to win at Old Trafford is to control the game, which means take the ball, keep the ball and have more possession than they do.
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We are maybe a bit less under pressure because we have a little advantage [at the top of the table]. But we have to use that in a positive way. Our hunger will be tested there.
Arsenal head into the tie on a high after their recent results. Two big wins on the trot, without conceding a goal against some of Europe’s top strike forces, bodes well for the Gunners chances this season – and the best part of the current situation is Wenger’s men are top of the league, eight points ahead of the Red Devils.
David Moyes’ side are beginning to find some momentum, but man for man Arsenal are looking the better side apart from the striking department. If the Gunners can take control of possession and move the ball round with speed and accuracy then they can outplay United. Arsenal now have the penetration in midfield and up front to do damage from anywhere, not just walking it into the goal as they have done over the past couple of seasons.
Despite the bookies placing United as favourites, the Gunners are going to give them a real run for their money in Sunday, and hopefully return to London with a point or three!