It’s Per-fect time to take on United
ARSENAL defender Per Mertesacker says Old Trafford is the ideal place to bounce back from their defeat against Swansea.
Jaws dropped as the Gunners were beaten 1-0 at the Emirates on Monday night, stopping their 10match unbeaten run stone dead.
After that loss, Arsenal are third — three points behind second-placed Man City and just two ahead of United. So defeat at Old Trafford would see the Gunners drop into the dreaded fourth place.
That would mean a long summer with a qualifying round to get past before the moneyspinning group stage.
But Mertesacker is confident, especially as his side have already knocked United out of the FA Cup on their own turf this season.
He said: “You could feel the disappointment in the dressing room after the Swansea game, because we gave so much, but we are still positive
“We still have a good level of confidence, so we are looking forward to the remaining games. Francis Coquelin did really well in that role last time.”
Arsene Wenger has seen plenty of battles in Manchester before.
He knows they will have to play a lot better than the Swansea match to come away with anything but a spanking.
He said:“We should get encouragement because if we have done it for 10 games, we can do it again.
We haven’t lost our quality here, so let’s re-start on Sunday.
“Of course it makes that game important because the way you respond to a defeat always gives you a big idea that the team is strong mentally and that is what is expected of us on Sunday.”