Unai Emery warns Arsenal of Man United threat

Unai Emery looks ahead to Arsenal's clash with Man United in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Friday night

Unai Emery
Unai Emery (Photo: Screengrab)

Unai Emery has warned Arsenal that they are in for a stern test when they take on Manchester United in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Friday night.

The Gunners are looking to become the first team to beat Manchester United since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment as the club’s interim manager last month.

Arsenal played out a 2-2 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford last month in one of Jose Mourinho’s last Premier League games in charge of the Red Devils.

However, Manchester United have since won all seven games in all competitions under Solskjaer to turn around their stuttering form and move level on points with Arsenal in the Premier League table.

Looking ahead to Friday’s clash at The Emirates, Emery has warned his side that they are in for a stern test of their FA Cup credentials.

Speaking in an interview quoted by the Evening Standard, Emery said: “It’s a different [Man United] team. It’s the same players but they’re playing with a big performance now.

“I was watching their last matches and each player has a lot of confidence, with big performances, and now they are very dangerous.

“For us, it’s good because it’s a very big test for us in this competition. Manchester United and us have played 20 finals in the FA Cup, and we’ve won 13 and they’ve won 12. For this competition, it’s the best match to play.

“We are looking forward to playing this match on Friday because it’s at our stadium, the Emirates, in front of our supporters.

“We feel very well in front of them and we want to create a new atmosphere over 90 minutes on Friday, together with our supporters.”

Arsenal head into the game on the back of their impressive 2-0 win over Chelsea FC at The Emirates in the Premier League last weekend.

Meanwhile, Manchester United were 2-1 winners against Brighton at Old Trafford to keep themselves level on points with the Gunners in the Premier League table.

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