Mikel Arteta is hopeful Arsenal can rise to the ‘challenge’ and end the club’s 14-year wait for a league victory at Manchester United this weekend.
One of the Premier League’s great historic rivalries is resumed this weekend as Arsenal travel to face the Red Devils on Sunday, with both sides seeking an important three points following mixed starts to the new campaign.
Arsenal are unbeaten in the past four league encounters between the two sides but have endured a wretched recent record when visiting Old Trafford, failing to win in the last 13 league meetings at the ground with their most recent victory a 1-0 success in September 2006.
Arteta’s side head into this weekend’s crunch clash on the back of defeats to Manchester City and Leicester, though the Spaniard is confident his side can rise to the challenge and says the Gunners will be heading north with the intention of securing three points.
“I think it’s been 14 years since Arsenal have won a Premier League game at United and, after the defeat like we had against Leicester last week, I think it’s the perfect scenario to go there and try to do that,” Arteta told his pre-match press conference.
“This is the challenge now. We’ve done it against some big teams already, now we have to do it in a consistent way. I’m not concerned about performances because you can see the trend and how we are evolving.
“We will go to Old Trafford with the same mindset, to go there and try to win the football match and improve.
“We are in a process and hopefully we will be a more solid and ruthless team week in and week out.”