'Arsenal are certainties' to beat Manchester United says Paul Merson

  • 'Arsenal are certainties' to beat Manchester United says Paul Merson

'Arsenal are certainties' to beat Manchester United says Paul Merson

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger declared their English Premier League tie against arch-rivals Manchester United a "must-win" ahead of the clash at the Emirates on Sunday.

"So for me, no problem at all and I think he will be very, very pleased with me that I am going to change my team to play against Arsenal, so I think he'll be really happy with me!"

Wenger has won only one of 15 meetings with a Mourinho team, and even that came in the Community Shield.

Moaning might be Mourinho's modus operandi, but has the United manager actually got anything to complain about, or would most other managers happily swap places?

Mourinho once labelled Wenger a "voyeur" and on another occasion called him a "specialist in failure". Gunners boss Arsene Wenger adopted a back 3 for the first time in 20 years recently, with Gabriel forming part of a trio of centre halves.

Rashford has found opportunities at centre-forward limited given Ibrahimovic's impact at Old Trafford this season.

Regardless, if you're a Manchester United supporter or an Arsenal supporter you want to see the same passion that you saw ten years ago when these two historic football giants would face off, and we want to see it on Sunday.

"I'm waiting for them to get into top gear".

With Chelsea clear at the top and Tottenham well-placed in second, Liverpool (69 points, 35 games), City (66, 34), United (65, 34) and Arsenal (60, 33) are looking to finish behind them.

United have only lost three league games this season - the lowest in the division, and haven't tasted defeat in 25 games.

"It's not in our hands", Wenger said. But that appears to be Mourinho's Plan B with Europa League glory beckoning.

When questioned on whether amicable ground could be found with Mourinho, he said: "I am open always in life for everything, you know, for peace". "It's important to have everybody".

"Thinking about us as a team, I think it would be a good achievement with the many problems we have and would allow us back in the Champions League next season. We paid the price".

"Arsenal are certainties in my opinion".

"The goal was magnificent, the latest indication that Manchester United have a special talent on their hands", Carragher wrote in his column for the Daily Mail.

It will be hard for Wenger to prepare his team without a clear idea of how United will play. "It is something new for us, but we are well adapted to it and we want to continue doing our best".