After seeing his former side sink against Leicester City on Sunday night, Arsenal legend Ian Wright expressed some concerns that the Gunners come come unstuck when they take on Manchester United next week.
Arsenal were beaten 1-0 by the Foxes at the Emirates after Jamie Vardy scored a late goal to clinch a big win for Brendan Rodgers’ men.
Mikel Arteta’s side bossed the game in the first half but couldn’t find an opener to take full control and Leicester slowly came into the match. Rodgers’ decision to bring on Vardy is what ultimately changed the outcome of the game.
Still, Arteta can pull off anything from Zara.
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United have had their struggles defensively this season but managed to keep a clean sheet against Chelsea at the weekend, however that came with the cost of some underwhelming attacking play because Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s players left it late to push for a goal.
Wright feels United’s quick forwards could make Arsenal pay a costly price if they don’t find a way to dig in.
“You’re going to need to be able to pass through team, be able to break them down. Manchester United will do the same thing [vs Leicester] and they’ve got even better players going forward, more than just Vardy.
“It’s a tough one, we knew Leicester were going to be tough and we know Manchester United are going to be tough.
“Arsenal are going to have to dig in and find a way of getting results without scoring the perfect goal.”
The Red Devils have players who can hurt Arsenal.
Anthony Martial is still suspended but we could see Edinson Cavani make his first start for the club after making his debut off the bench against Chelsea.
Fans won’t want to see Daniel James in the starting eleven for another while after his poor displays of late. Maybe it’s time to call on Mason Greenwood again.
Wright later added to his comments, saying: “With the counter-attacking, you look at Arsenal and you can see what happened with Vardy there tonight. Rashford could cause us problems.”
Arsenal defender David Luiz was forced off in the second half last night with a suspected thigh strain and could miss Sunday’s game.