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Beating Manchester United could be Arsenal’s biggest statement of intent

Posted on December 01, 2017 by Ben Darvill

Arsenal host Manchester United in a huge game at the top of the table on Saturday with two of England’s biggest teams once again locking horns. With the two sides in desperate need of a win to ensure Manchester City do not get any further ahead, a victory over United could prove to be Arsenal’s biggest triumph yet.

As performances go this season, it is difficult to look past Arsenal’s dismantling of Tottenham as the most impressive by a Gunners side this season. They controlled the game from start to finish, with Spurs unable to gain any kind of foothold in the contest.

Arsenal have too often been cited as a team that does not turn up in the biggest games, with their temperament and apparent lack of a spine hindering them hugely in recent seasons.

However, wins over Tottenham, high-flying Burnley and Huddersfield have seen Arsene Wenger’s men rise to fourth in the table following an apparent mini-crisis. While they were fantastic wins, a victory over United on Saturday could prove to be their biggest yet.

Jose Mourinho’s men will most likely arrive at the Emirates looking to remain unbeaten, rather than aiming for a win. It would be fairly easy for Wenger to set up to draw with United in the game, but he must look to remain positive and go for the win.

What seems to be separating City from the other top sides is the fact that Pep Guardiola goes out looking to win every single game no matter who the opponent is, rather than setting up to be difficult to beat.

Arsenal should, therefore, go out looking for the three points and nothing less. If they can beat United at the weekend, it could prove to be a turning point in what has been a fruitless few years in the Premier League.

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