It’s the BIG ONE.
Arsenal vs Manchester United. Away from home. The reignition of a classic? Maybe.
Both sides head into this game out of form in the league. United haven’t won at home for three games. We haven’t won away against a top 6 side in 359 years. We are both not where we should be in the league.
It is a must win for both sides. Both sets of fans will be immensely frustrated with a sharing of the spoils
Arteta needs to win because though we’ve been tough to beat, we’re not racking up points in these big games.
Ole G needs to win because he’s spent a lot of cash for not a lot of output so far.
Arsenal fans are looking for a performance. I don’t buy that we have to have 62 shots on target to make a performance count, I think we just need to do better than we have been. Averaging 8 attempts at goal a game isn’t good for the soul. We need a bit more today. I don’t want to be celebrating a glorious loss again. We need to move beyond being competitive at this stage.
I think Arteta plays a fine margins game, but we’re not quite a fine margins team yet. To get a performance, he needs more than 6 of his players at the top of their game. I’m not sure we’ve seen a game like that so far this season.
These are the moments that are built for big players. Backs against the wall, low expectations, a grim record to surmount.
I want to see a ferocious Arsenal today. I want to see players like Willian show why we invested so much money in them. I want to see what Thomas Partey is all about. I want to see captain Auba impose himself.
Aside from that, I want to see some purpose and intent behind our attack. I think Arteta has cut out a lot of the nonsense we’ve seen from this squad in big games, but that’s led us to become a very low-risk side. When the objective is not to make a mistake, you improve defensively, but you also reduce the taste for risk. I want to see big players gamble. I want to see us take chances. If things don’t work out, I don’t want to see players hide… we need to keep plugging away until something good happens.
This is a huge game. It feels special. I am very excited.
You should feel the same. Let’s enjoy the game and see where we land. Catch you in the comments!