Jose Mourinho famously described Arsene Wenger as a specialist in failure during a Chelsea press conference in the latest episode of his long-running feud with the Arsenal manager. While it a rather unfair description of a head coach who has won three Premier League titles and countless domestic cups, you’d back Mourinho to find a way to win when his players are struggling and not Wenger when the stakes are high. Arsenal haven’t missed out on a Champions League place in over 20 years, but with Manchester United and breathing down their necks, you wouldn’t be surprised if Arsenal faltering form proves to be Manchester United’s gains.
Has there been a better value signing than Zlatan Ibrahimovic this season? Probably not. The 35-year-old has scored 15 times in 21 games in the Premier League this season, which is an impressive run considering many of his critics had suggested Ibrahimovic could struggle in England given his age. That hasn’t proven the case. While his movement is limited, Ibrahimovic has proven clinical in the area and has galvanised the performances of his team-mates. There is no doubting that Ozil and Sanchez are quality players, they don’t quite inspire as Ibrahimovic does. When Arsenal need a talisman, the duo don’t always step up.
Manchester United have the momentum heading into the business of end of the season. The Red Devils haven’t lost a Premier League game since a 4-0 defeat in October. That’s an impressive record. Arsenal enjoyed a great unbeaten run of their own but have struggled with consistency in December and January. Back to back defeats at Everton and Manchester City prevented Arsenal from moving clear of the chasing pack and gain ground on leaders Chelsea. While coming from 3-0 down to rescue a 3-3 draw at Bournemouth was a morale boosting result despite failing to secure three points, Arsenal slipped up again on Tuesday night. Chelsea are nine points clear of Arsenal after their 2-1 loss to Watford and you’d have to say a title push is looking unlikely now. It’s a question of whether Arsenal can hang on for a top- four finish. If you’re going on momentum, Manchester United would be the tip.
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