Arsenal and Manchester United to battle for the top

Van Gaal’s side sit top of the table at the moment, and go into the match off the back of a nail-biting victory over Wolfsburg on Wednesday.


“We talked about it and want to avoid that”, Blind told the club’s official website.

Sure, they claimed a 3-2 win over Aston Villa last weekend but many supporters remain unconvinced that Brendan Rodgers is the right man to take the club forward after recent disjointed performances.

“It is harder for everyone”. They certainly have an emerging talent on their hands as Anthony Martial gets among the goals and Memphis Depay looks like he can replicate his prolific form in Holland to the Premier League.

“You have not watched well the game on Tuesday night”. When we win at Arsenal the belief will rise a lot‘.

“Then the Spanish and German teams became stronger and obviously, the results for the English teams have not been great in Europe this season“.

“We need to get back to the first five games of the Premier League, where we were more of a balanced team”, City goalkeeper Joe Hart said ahead of Saturday’s game against Newcastle.

“When you make a mistake you have to speak about it. You know what I call that, in football?”

“There’s a lot of very good things you see from United when defending”.

Man Utd manager Louis Van Gaal is well-known for being a bit outspoken in the media, and he has given his verdict on Arsenal’s lack of trophies over the past ten years. The talk of match and for much of the last few weeks has been the sublime play of Juan Mata, who has been arguably the Red Devils finest attacking player.

“We just need to be calm”. I think it’s important we have that togetherness that obviously we had back in my day and that all Manchester United teams have had – we seem to have that which is great. “But it will be a tough game”.

“The solution is recovery”, van Gaal said. The 65-year-old dropped Petr Cech to the bench to bring on David Ospina, who made a blunder for the second goal, allowing Olympiacos to come back into the game and eventually win the contest.


And when asked if he thought any manager in Spain or Germany could go 11 years in a job without winning the league like Wenger, Van Gaal said: “I think you have to ask the board of Arsenal that question, not me”. In other leagues Atletico Madrid play Real Madrid while Bayern will hope to continue their 100% start to the season will a win against visiting Dortmund. The Hammers have already won at the Emirates, the Etihad and Anfield this season and you wouldn’t bet against them doing the same at the Stadium of Light.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho gestures during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Southampton at Stamford Bridge stadium in London Saturday Oct. 3 2015