After starting their Champions League campaign with a defeat to Dynamo Zagreb, the Gunners were beaten again in midweek as they twice fought back from behind before losing 3-2 to Olympiacos in North London.
“I think Arsenal are one of the best teams in the league, in a technical and tactical sense – maybe the best“. The Ospina’s mistake was key in handing the Greek visitors their first win on the English soil.
Wenger was left angered by the criticism of both his team selection, leaving Petr Cech on the bench as David Ospina’s handling error led to a goal, and also the character of the players.
Sanchez scored a hat-trick at Leicester last weekend and is set to start against United today. We have a big game at home and the advantage is to win the big game at home.
Wenger has clearly been feeling a few pressure as his team face up the possibility of going out of the Champions League at the opening round for the first time since 2000 – coincidentally enough, from a group that featured Louis van Gaal’s Barcelona – but that only seemed a minor factor in his irritation.
Wenger, whose Arsenal side host table-topping United in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday, became their manager 19 years ago this week and Ferguson was in charge of the Red Devils from 1986 to 2013. When you can, like Sir Alex Ferguson, stay in a club for such a long time you have to be very good. I don’t go along with that.
He might not play the box-to-box role any more which made him such an incredible player, but he’s lost none of his intelligence or ability to control a game, hence why he’s become such an integral part of a Louis van Gaal’s team.
The two sides settled for a draw in the reverse fixture at Old Trafford. This is a huge game for Arsenal and although it is too early in the season to say they can’t afford to lose the truth is that they really will not want to fall six points behind United this early in the season.
The Dutchman has also stressed the need for United themselves to get better, despite Wednesday’s victory being their fourth in a row in all competitions.
To do that, Arsenal will have to stop the type of player Wenger used to specialise in, a speedy young striker in Martial.