Arsène Wenger says Old Trafford remains a “special place” with an intimidating aura ahead of Sunday’s showdown against Manchester United.
Louis van Gaal’s side have only won two of their last six home Premier League games, a run which has included defeats against Norwich City and Southampton.
United have only scored five league goals during that time but, after they beat Midtjylland 5-1 in the Europa League, Wenger says Old Trafford is still a difficult place to go to.
Against Arsenal, the Manchester United fans and players will be up for itArsène Wenger
“Yes [it still has an aura] because Manchester United are a big club, Old Trafford is a special place and I believe for every club it remains a special fixture,” he said. “Against Arsenal, the United fans and players will be up for it.
“In one week all has changed. I didn’t believe that they would lose against Shrewsbury and Midtjylland. Old Trafford is always a difficult place to go and even if they had lost against Midtjylland, I would have said that it is a difficult game.
“I watched [United debutant] Marcus Rashford last night and he was quite impressive. I didn’t know Rashford but I knew all the other ones. It’s quite simple to prepare. I’m convinced that the first thing needed is to prepare for a strong performance on our side.
“We are in a strong position in the league, that’s for sure, but there’s still a long way to go. Winning at Old Trafford in 1998 put us on a good run, but the second time [in 2002] we knew that if we won there we would become champions. It was a decisive game which is the case again on Sunday.”Copyright 2016 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source