By Richard Clarke
Arsène Wenger is expecting a response from his Arsenal side this weekend.
The Frenchman sees opportunities where others see problems. Therefore he approaches the trip to Old Trafford as a chance to alleviate some of the scrutiny on the Club at present.
The story started with the 2-1 win at Udinese on Wednesday. Victory on Sunday at the side that, in the manager's estimations, remain top dogs in England would turn the narrative - especially given the suspensions and injuries the team are carrying right now.
"I feel, since the start of the season, that we have a strong spirit and are highly determined," said Wenger.
"The response we gave in the second half against Udinese gives us a lot of strength and credit. It convinces me that this team has the ability to respond. And of course there is another opportunity to do that against Manchester United on Sunday.
"They are definitely [still the team to beat]. For us to beat them would be a great boost and would put us in a great position. We did it at the end of last season and would like to do it again."
Arsenal will be missing a number of players while Manchester United were able to keep some venerable players in reserve during the 3-0 win over Tottenham on Monday.
"Yes, they still had some experienced players on the bench," said Wenger. "But I wouldn't be surprised if they play against us. Players like Carrick and Giggs, of course, like Park and Berbatov. They have a good mixture at the moment of experience and youth.
"As for us, this time we have more suspended players [than injured]. Jack is out, Diaby is out. We especially miss Song, Frimpong and Gervinho at the moment because all three are in top form. It is a bit difficult to take."
Arsenal - Song, Frimpong, Gervinho (all suspended), Gibbs (hamstring), Koscielny (back), Squillaci (calf), Wilshere (ankle)
Manchester United - Ferdinand (hamstring), Valencia (doubt - ankle), Rafael (shoulder), Vidic (calf).Copyright 2013 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 26 Aug 2011