By Richard Clarke

A trip to Old Trafford is not what most managers would want after a slow start to the Premiership campaign but Arsène Wenger feels his side needs the challenge.

Arsenal have just two points from three domestic games this season. On each occasion they have found it difficult to break down opponents with entrenched defences. Occasional sloppiness in their own backline has not helped either and Wenger's side have spent much of the time chasing the game.

However the dynamic will change on Sunday; Manchester United will not sit back at Old Trafford. And that is just the way the Arsenal manager would like it.

"I want to win," he said. "I feel it will be a different game to the games we faced until now. At the moment we've played more games agianst teams who try to catch us on the break, refuse to come out and refuse to play. This time it will be a more open game so maybe more interesting for us and for people to watch as well."

Arguably Arsenal best two performances have come on their European travels. However Wenger refuses to accept it is easier to play away.

"I don't feel like that," he said. "But it is interesting to play away from home now in a big game because we just did well in an away game and maybe the challenge is what the team needs at the moment."

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Richard Clarke 15 Sep 2006