Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has stated that he does not believe Manchester United will ‘Park the bus’ in Saturday’s Premier League game between the pair. The visiting Red Devils are currently second in the table. However, they are just four points ahead of the fourth place north London side.
Manchester United have a history of struggling to beat fellow top-six under boss Jose Mourinho. The Red Devils have failed to win any of their last seven away games against their top-six rivals.
Mourinho is now infamous for using defensive tactics in tough away games. These defensive tactics have resulted in his side scoring just once in their seven-game winless run against their rivals while picking up just three points.
Wenger not expecting United to ‘Park the bus’
However, Wenger does not believe United will employ defensive tactics at the Emirates Stadium. When asked if the Red Devils would ‘park the bus’, the veteran French boss told a press conference:
No, I don’t expect anything special. I just expect us to be ready to recover now.
Man Utd is a strong team and I expect us just to cope with the problems they will give us. They will attack as well. They will not only defend.
It is a game between Arsenal and Man Utd at home [the Emirates]. I just want to focus and to prepare well my team, and give my team a good chance to win the game.
Man Utd is doing well at the moment, we are doing well at the moment, so it looks to be a promising game.
Wednesday night victory
The home game against United follows Arsenal’s 5-0 home drubbing of Huddersfield on Wednesday night.
The win means that the Gunners remained in the top-four ahead of Liverpool and arch-rivals Tottenham in the race for the Champions League spots. Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette got on the scoresheet, while substitute Olivier Giroud bagged a second-half brace for the Gunners.
The north London side have now recorded three straight wins in the Premier League, as have Saturday’s opponents United. The visitors cannot afford to lose anymore ground on arch rivals and league leaders Manchester City.
Not all good news for Arsenal
While the heavy win over Huddersfield was a welcome one, it was not all good news for the Gunners, as French striker Alexandre Lacazette picked up a groin injury.
The former Lyon star opened the scoring for the Gunners against the Terriers after just three minutes. However, compatriot Olivier Giroud replaced the striker at half-time. Wenger has confirmed that the injury is bad enough to rule the French international out of Saturday’s clash.
Giroud is likely to start up front against Mourinho’s side in Lacazette’s absence after his brace as a substitute against Huddersfield. Wenger also has the option of using former United star Danny Welbeck as the lone central striker.
Alexis Sanchez picked up a slight hamstring injury in Wednesday’s game. However, the Chilean international is unlikely to miss out against United according to Wenger.
Will Manchester United ‘Park the bus’ at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday?