Monreal: Three points would be perfect

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If Arsenal beat Manchester United at the Emirates this afternoon we’ll leapfrog Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s high-flying side into fourth place in the Premier League table and close the gap on Sp*rs, currently in third, to one point.

It would mean with eight games remaining, all against sides currently sitting lower than seventh in the rankings, our single biggest aim for the season, securing Champions League qualification, is still very achievable.

Today could be a real springboard. Alternatively, if we play as limply as we did against the Red Devils in January’s FA Cup defeat, it could be very damaging. Chelsea have a game in hand and are desperate to take advantage of any slip-up. At this point in the campaign, we’re living on a knife edge.

Speaking ahead of United’s visit earlier this week, Nacho Monreal has called on his teammates to keep their eye on the prize.

“Our target since the beginning of the season is to finish in the top four and play Champions League football next year,” the Spaniard told the Independent.

“We have the opportunity to get our target and the first step is next Sunday. We play against them and we need to forget what happened in the FA Cup and we need to refocus in the next game and try to get the three points because if we do it we will be on a higher step to get to our target.

“There are still nine games to go and it’s going to be really tough until the end of the season – and we cannot forget that there is another club in Chelsea.

“At the moment there are three clubs fighting for one place, but obviously if we get the three points on the weekend it will be perfect for us.”

United have won their last two visits to the Emirates 3-1 but haven’t won three consecutive away games against us since a run of results between 1983 and 1985.

We’ve also been very good at home this season, notching 38 points in total, a figure bettered only by reigning champions Manchester City – the last team to beat us at the Emirates in the league, back in August.

It’s going to be a big afternoon in N5.

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Punter
Punter

COYG!

Der32
Der32

One nil to the Arsenal, Ramsey scoring in his last PL appearance against United. COYG.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

I’m hoping for 7 nil

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

We have an own goal in us. I’m going for 7-1.

Frank
Frank

The odds are stacked in our favour. That’s why I have this bad feeling.
COYG!

Hantal
Hantal

Are they?

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

A neutral ref would be perfect.

Bendtnerschristmastree
Bendtnerschristmastree

Know what would be even more perfect? Four points!!!!!!!!!

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

I’m taking confidence in the fact the bookies have us as favourites.

Goonerink

Is playing inspired by a shock defeat easier than playing inspired by a shock win?
hopefully we can play on the pitfall of the latter, arrogance.

Doghouse

ole gunnar solskjaers name is a norwegian anagram of luckyfjordmouserat, surely utd have used up all their good fortune/refs decisions/VAR.. now that spuds have become all spudsy again our last game v the ‘big 6’ opposition this season its a must must win game.. cmon gunners !