Arsene Wenger and Co. prepare revenge against Man Utd for stealing RVP and 8-2 defeat
Arsene Wenger can still clearly recall when he was humbled by Manchester United in Arsenal’s 8-2 defeat at Old Trafford last season. In spite of the embarrassing defeat, Arsene Wenger insists vengeance will not be on his mind as he prepares to meets his demons at the place where the one of the most humiliating defeat of his career occurred.
Arsenal were thrashed around like a rag-doll in Manchester United’s 8-2 victory last season. Arsene Wenger admits he returns to Old Trafford with the abilities of his defense under question.
Arsene Wenger’s revamped defense-line conceded four goals in just 37 minutes against Reading in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night. Arsenal inspired a memorable comeback to win the game at 7-5, but their record of just one clean sheet in the past 11 games is proof of how fragile their defense is.
“That statistic concerns me a bit, but we go there with confidence,” Arsene Wenger admitted. “I will not mention last season's result at all ahead of this game because ninety per cent of the players who will play on Saturday have did play at Old Trafford last season.
“Of course, there is an emotional aspect to a result like that, but revenge is not something I think about in this game. On a footballing front, I don't think you give too much importance to a result like that.
“It is down to a team being much better than another that the scores are high, or down to special circumstances. On the day, I think the result was down to special circumstances.”
“Defending is not always about your weakness, but also the strength of the opposition as well. You have to give credit as well to the offensive quality in the Premier League and I can promise you we work hard on our defense.
“People forget that last year we were the team with the least shots against us in the league. We have always worked defensively. It is not just because you don't work that you concede goals. It is not just Steve Bould's fault (Arsenal assistant boss) if we concede goals!”
Arsene Wenger wants his men to draw inspiration from the 3-2 victory Tottenham Hotspur acquired at Old Trafford earlier this season. The Frenchman also wants Arsenal fans to respect Robin van Persie, who will face his former club for the first time since moving into Manchester United last summer.
“We go there believing we have an opportunity,” Arsene Wenger said. “If we do well in this game, we can come closer to Man United and we'll have played mainly all the big teams away from home. So for us it is a very important game.
“We know that will be vital because it looks like many teams can beat each other. It is very important for us to do well against the big teams. Tottenham (Spur) beat them at Old Trafford this season, so there is certainly an opportunity.”