Arsene Wenger on the Manchester derby

Arsene Wenger’s sole focus on Saturday will be three points against Southampton but, once the boss has hopefully got what he wants from our game, he’ll find a way to catch up on the weekend’s highly-anticipated Manchester derby. 

City and United have maximum points from their first three Premier League games and both have new managers at the helm in Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho. 

“The two teams have started well so the game will have more psychological impact than a mathematical impact,” said Wenger. “You could say the team that wins will straight away be branded as the favourites to win the Premier League in May, but it is a bit early.  

 “But it will be interesting to watch. I am like you, I will watch that game and see a little bit what strengths and weaknesses come out of the two teams.

“I will watch the game again, yes [after our game]. Most of the time [I look out for] the turning points of the game because normally people after the game speak only about the results, but we know inside the game that there are some turning points where a guy missed the final ball, or someone was offside and if he had not been offside they would have been 1-0 up. 

“[I look for] the potential of the teams as well, the organisation, the decisions of the managers during the game. All these kinds of things, you are relaxed enough to observe it.”

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