“However, I would expect Arsenal to be one of the three or four challenging for that Premier League trophy at the end of the season“.
Arsenal is also facing a few tough times and the pressure to win this weekend’s match against the Premier League leaders Manchester United is reportedly making Wenger pull every trick out of the hat to confront the Red Devils.
Players to watch (Arsenal): Alexis Sanchez-Most likely he is going to be the biggest problem for Man United outside backs.
Leading the Premier League by a point, Van Gaal’s United have still been questioned after several largely unconvincing displays.
This is one position on the team sheet that van Gaal does not have to think about, especially when United play the elite clubs. “We are the only team who has beaten (Leicester), so I don’t see why we should not believe we can beat Manchester United“.
But I’ll bet they are still doing his drills, still working to the programme he wants.
Both Ander Herrera and Marcus Rojo will be out until after the worldwide break, but Louis Van Gaal has said that Michael Carrick is fit and available for this match.
Wenger added: “We once almost signed a player with Mendes involved – it was Ronaldo”.
With a game of the magnitude of Arsenal vs Manchester United now on the horizon this is Wenger’s chance to show how much fight is left in him and his team. “I never critiqued that, I accept your judgment of how the team played and your assessment, but I don’t have to give you all the information I have to make my decisions”, Wenger told reporters. “If you analyse well the number of championships that Manchester United have won, it’s always at Old Trafford“. As a manager, you want to prepare on the pitch and you can not do it because you need freshness of the players, so then there’s also another solution – to change your squad. Ive long said that we have no discernible tactics.
This is an incredibly hard game to predict. It is almost impossible to predict how Arsenal will respond from their loss to Olympiacos.
On Smalling, he said: “I think that the player, when he does things, he does it always by himself”.
With the lack of real striking options, form dips of veteran players, and with Martial surely to eventually face a dry spell, United still may need to look at insurance come next transfer window to compete on all fronts. “I think it can be more instinctive and impulsive than that”.
“It is the first maybe massive game for the top of the table”.
I don’t really understand what van Gaal is trying to do with his defence and in all the money he spent, he doesn’t appear to have found one top rate centre-back, a lad like Nemanja Vidic to command his area.