Paul Merson previews Man United v Arsenal
Paul Merson looks ahead to Arsenal's trip to Man United in the Premier League on Monday night
Paul Merson believes that Arsenal can beat Manchester United at Old Trafford on Monday night as long as they approach the game in the right way.
The north London side are preparing to make the trip up north as they look to make it back to back wins in the top flight following their 3-2 victory over Aston Villa last weekend.
Manchester United, meanwhile, have been struggling for form this season – and they currently find themselves in 11th place in the Premier League table after having only won two of their six top-flight games this term.
Arsenal will be looking to claim the three points and lift themselves back into the top four, as they aim to lay down a marker for themselves as challengers for Champions League qualification.
Former Gunners star Merson feels that Arsenal have what’s needed to beat Manchester United on Monday night – but he admits that it all comes down to how they approach the game.
Writing in his column for the Daily Star, Merson said: “Arsenal have a big game on Monday night at Old Trafford against a Manchester United team who are really struggling.
“But who knows who Emery will pick to play? If you sat down and tried to pick Arsenal’s best team for the game you’d probably get four wrong. That’s not good.
“It’s difficult for Arsenal because do you go there and attack? If you have a go and United score first it’s a different game, they get their tails up and the confidence comes flooding back.
“But if you keep it tight the crowd gets restless and United get frustrated. Arsenal can win there if they approach it in the right way.
“Trouble is, how many times have they been in this position before, going to Old Trafford in a good place while United are struggling, and still lost?
“Arsenal don’t win there often. United were so disappointing in the Carabao Cup game. All credit to Rochdale but they shouldn’t be coming off the pitch against Paul Pogba thinking: ‘How is he a World Cup winner?'”
Both Arsenal and Manchester United are looking to break back into the top four this season after they finished in fifth and sixth place respectively last term.