Mikel Arteta says his side are on an upwards trajectory despite a run of three defeats in four Premier League games.
After a bright start to the season, the Gunners have come unstuck in tough encounters with Manchester City, Liverpool and Leicester and have subsequently tumbled down the table.
Ahead of Sunday’s tough trip to Old Trafford – a stadium we’ve not won at in the league since 2006 – the boss reiterated a belief in the evolution of his side and our quest to better manage ‘moments’ in the heat of battle.
“We’ve done it [won games] against some big teams already, now we have to do it in a consistent way,” he said.
“I’m not concerned about performances because, as you mentioned, you can see the trend and how we are evolving.
“It’s just those margins, how we manage the margins within the games and those game moments when we try to get wins and not lose those games.
“It was against Liverpool, we had two or three chances to do what they did, the same with Manchester City and the one against Leicester which was a different game because they approached the game in a really different way.
“But again, we will go to Old Trafford with the same mindset to go there and try to win the football match and improve. Every three or four days. We are in a process and hopefully we will be a more solid and ruthless team week in and week out.”
While the Gunners can take heart from being on a four-game unbeaten run against United, our away record in the league against the Red Devils is truly pitiful. We’ve managed just five 1-0 wins at Old Trafford since 1985. Chuck in the fact we’ve not beaten a top-six rival on the road since 2015 and there are plenty of reasons to watch Sunday’s clash from behind the sofa.
Getting a win and changing the narrative, is important to Arteta. “It would be great,” he said.
“I think it’s been 14 years since Arsenal have won a Premier League game at United and, after the defeat like we had against Leicester last week, I think it’s the perfect scenario to go there and try to do that.
“Since I was in this country and was watching the Premier League, it (Manchester United v Arsenal) was the most exciting game probably of all season. As well as the rivalry between the two clubs at that moment, because they were constantly fighting with each other for the Premier League title.
“They were tense, emotional, it was passionate, some really good games and situations that occurred there.”