After a cracking win in West London another formidable test awaits. Imagine having played at one of your bitterest rivals and get humiliated in all aspects of the game by them. MUs game at Anfield was a 90 minutes nightmare from start to finish. They were outsmarted and outplayed. They were battling with swords whilst the Scousers had machine guns, granates and drones. Rangnick said after the game his team were six years behind. Six years!!
Like us they have tried to breach the gap between Klopp and Guardiola with spending money on top players. They also kept changing managers since the loss of Red Nose and the gap got bigger and bigger. Like us they need to modernise and change the culture, the style of play and the sort of players they need to succeed: players who work hard and with discipline and respect; players who are natural passers and are comfortable with the ball in tight spaces; players who are intelligent enough to understand complicated game structures and instructions; team players.
I think that Arsenal are two years ahead of Man United at least. Ten Hag has a much bigger job to do than Arteta. Except for the totally and rightly sidelined Greenwood and just one or two others, they don’t have natural passers of the ball who are comfortable with it in tight spaces. They’d struggle enormously to play the Klopp-Peppy sort of football and it looks like there’s no other sort of football that will overcome these two masters, whether they or we like it or not.
I believe Arteta has the vision and leadership to get us back to the top but it will take at least another 2-4 years to get there. The board are backing him and there is a long term plan. The way we played against Citeh, Pool and Chavs in recent months shows that we, unlike our opponent, are on the right track. Yet there is still a lot of ground to be made up.
Although I believe we are well ahead of MU today, I am still wary of the individual quality they will put on the pitch. We were the better playing team at Old Toilet but still lost. Something similar could happen today. They have great attackers and if we give them lots of space to run into they can hurt us. This time we need to take our chances and be much more ruthless. MU will be hurting from the Pool game criticism and will also be lifted by the new manager announcement. They had a bit more rest than us and the deeply saddened Ronaldo is back. This is not going to be easy and only our A Game will do.
The starting eleven is likely the same as v the Chavs. We need two in deep midfield again and allow our attackers and full backs to move and pass freely and do the damage.
This will ultimately be a big test for the team’s metal and maturity.
Come On You Rip Roaring Gunners!!