Arsene Wenger admits that last season’s game at Old Trafford was one of the worst that his produced in recent times, but insists it was not representative of his team’s overall form.
Having beaten Leicester 2-1 with a late Danny Welbeck winner, Arsenal went there knowing that a win would make a big statement in the title race. However, they buckdled under the pressure and lost 3-2, a result which was followed by a home defeat to Swansea.
However, Wenger says it was not a game on which his team’s form should be judged.
“That game was an exception,” he said. “We had other big games, we played at Manchester City, Tottenham, everywhere.
“On that day we didn’t turn up with a performance so that does not mean it is the normality – it is the exception of the year.
“We have to show on Saturday that is was the exception and we have to turn up. We beat Man United 3-0 at home in the same season.
“Today, you fail one time and the reaction is: ‘Oh, they failed, they will fail again.’
“Life is not like that. If you turn up 25 times and you lose one game, people take that one game as a normality. No. You have to turn up the 25 times before, believe me.”
The Arsenal manager was keen to downplay any ill-feeling between himself and Jose Mourinho which might overshadow the game itself, saying, “What is most important, what is important is the quality of the game when it starts.
“When you watch Real Madrid v Barcelona you want to see a football game and you are never disappointed.”
Let’s hope we can go there and get our first win since 2006. It’s long overdue.