A two part post today. Big R’s pre-match followed by GN5’s statistics for the game
IMO next to our trophy-less neighbours the biggest game of the season is the Red Devils especially now they are managed by The Miserable One.
As you will read below, we have a poor record at OT but Mr Emery is a new brush, could he bring us our first victory since 2006? If so, how?
Would you choose the Back 3 which has been so successful or revert to a Back 4? Will Ozil return? Should Wobbly start or Lacazette? Ramsey or Mhiki?
LB made a fine case that Emery is using the Back 3 to accommodate Kolasinac whose defensive discipline is uncertain. It appears to work as this frees the Wardrobe to play with more invention thus he had his best game on Sunday. If Mesut is still suffering from “back spasms” then I see us lining up with the same team but rewarding Ramsey for his impressive 45 mins..
Mustafi Sokratis Holding
Catwalk Terrier Xhaka Wardrobe
As we know, Mr Emery is likely to make changes should it not be working.
Enough of that … time for some vitriol. Anyone who has read my comments over the years knows how I detest Moaninho. Since his first press conference in London, his cowardly eye-gouging, the destruction of Inter Milan, his playing style, his conceit and arrogance. And now the beleaguered act. To read the farcical statement that Everton have spent more money than MU said it all, He is the Donald Trump of the PL.
As to the MU team … expect a rough game. Lukaku is a battering ram who creates the space for the lightning fast raids by Rashford and Martial. In midfield they are aggressive but have flair.
And then there is Fellaini.
We need a strong referee. Dean was appalling on Sunday, tonight we have Andre Marriner and we can only hope for better.
Arsenal must be on a high after 3 wins in a week. It should be an exciting but cagey, tense game.
Perhaps our least impressive away record is against Man U, the last game we won at Old Trafford was September 17, 2006 and we have only won a total of three games in the Premier League era. This particular game is special as it’s the 100th away game.
Here is our overall away record.
Our away record by game – in the Premier League.
Memorable victories at the Old Cowshed
14th March 1998 – Man U 0 Arsenal 1
A fair few points behind in the League but with games in hand, this game was pivotal in Arsene’s first League title. Marc Overmars scored in the 79th minute after Arsenal had dominated throughout. Bergkamp, Anelka, Parlour and Petit were imperious and Alex Manninger made a crucial stop when a linesman failed to flag an offside Andy Cole in the first half.
8th May 2002 – Man U 0 Arsenal 1
With Henry injured and Dennis on the bench, Paddy V, Edu and Parlour bossed the midfield allowing Wiltord and Kanu to score whenever they wanted. They chose the 55th minute (with Freddie’s help) and Arsenal went on to clinch the Double at the home of their nearest rivals (The FA Cup had already been won a few days earlier with goals from the Romford Pele and Freddie).
This is a new era with a new Manager and a renewed level of energy which may introduce a new flavour to our results at Salford.
We are unbeaten in the last 19 games in all competitions – will we make it 20?