Gary Neville questions Arsenal approach ahead of Man United clash
Gary Neville feels that Arsenal need to change their approach to the big games
Gary Neville has questioned Arsenal’s approach to the big games as the Gunners prepare to welcome Manchester United to Emirates Stadium on Sunday.
The north London side are looking to return to winning ways after their shock 3-2 loss to Olympiacos in the Champions League in midweek.
United, meanwhile, head into the game bidding to continue their recent good form, with Louis van Gaal’s men knowing that victory over Arsenal would keep them one point clear of local rivals Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table.
Arsenal slipped to a 2-0 loss to Chelsea last month, and Neville has been less-than-impressed by the way Arsene Wenger’s men seem to approach the games against top opposition.
Neville wrote in the Daily Telegraph: “If I’m Per Mertesacker this weekend, on the Friday morning before a Sunday game of this magnitude I would be thinking, ‘I need to communicate to Hector Bellerin that Memphis Depay will always try to cut inside on to his right foot, and that I need to be there inside to help him, although I need Bellerin to show him the outside’.
“‘Is Bellerin thinking he has to stay tight to Memphis, and to pull Aaron Ramsey back towards him, so that I don’t get exposed by Anthony Martial in a channel one on one for pace?’
“I may be wrong, but I sense that Arsenal players go into training on Friday morning thinking about how they’ll pass the ball, score with a bicycle kick, how much fun they are going to have.
“On Saturday morning they still might not be switched on. Sunday morning is too late. It’s fatal to think like that before a big game.”
Arsenal secured a 5-2 win over Leicester City in their most recent top-flight outing last weekend, while Manchester United beat Sunderland 3-0 at Old Trafford last Saturday before their European win over Wolfsburg.