Arteta in a Mission to End Arsenal’s Old Trafford Hoodoo
Mikel Arteta is hopeful his side can bounce back from a recent league defeat and claim a rare victory at Old Trafford, a venue they tend to struggle at.
The Spanish tactician, Arteta is hoping to end the club’s 14-year run of failing to win a Premier League game at Old Trafford when they face Manchester United tomorrow.
Their last league win at the venue dates back to 2006 September with Manchester United since going 13 games undefeated in the clash when they played on their soil. After losing 1-0 to Leicester City, Arteta saw his side claim a 3-0 win against Dundalk in the Europa League as they continue their perfect start in the competition.
However, Arsenal has lost consecutive games in the Premier League. Meanwhile, Arteta has welcomed the chance to get back to winning ways by ending their Old Trafford hoodoo.
Arteta said, “I think it’s been 14 years since Arsenal won a Premier League game at United. After the defeat we had against Leicester City last week, I think it’s the perfect scenario to go there and try to do that”.
“I’m not concerned about performances because you can see the trend and how we are evolving. It’s just those margins. How we manager the margins withing the games and those game moments when we try to get wins and not lose those games”.
“It was against Liverpool in a 3-1 defeat], 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.”
In Arsenal’s favor ahead of Sunday’s clash is the fact Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have failed to win any of their three home games in the league this season. The Gunners have also won two of their last three Premier League games against the Red Devils with their most recent match ending in a 2-0 victory at the Emirates.
Arteta will be hoping star attacker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang can rediscover his scoring touch against United with the forward failing to strike in his past five league outings – his longest such drought since November 2014 while playing for Borussia Dortmund.