Unai Emery insists Sunday’s clash with Manchester United won’t have a ‘definitive’ impact on Arsenal’s hopes of finishing in the Premier League’s top four.
The Gunners welcome Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s in-form United to the Emirates on Sunday, with just one point and one place separating the sides as they bid for Champions League qualification.
United beat Arsenal 3-1 at The Emirates in the FA Cup 4th Round back in January, and Emery suggested lessons have been learned from that fixture insisting his side must do some ‘different tactical and individual work’.
“[There can be] similarities on Sunday because they have similar players, because they are in a good moment like they were then, but we played well, we created chances,” Emery told arsenal.com.
“We played against a big team and at some moments showed we can fight and battle with them, but we lost and that is the reality. We need on Sunday to do some different tactical and individual work and after find better efficiency against them.
“We need fresh players, players with energy, we need quality, we need good combinations, and we need the players who start on the bench after they can help us on the pitch and deliver a big performance as well.
“It is not a definitive [match]. We are in a way of being consistent, we have 38 matches and Sunday is against Manchester United against a team who also battle for 38 matches and it is important to do it in this moment because this three points are for us or for them.
“I don’t think it is definitive, but we need to show and push on Sunday to take more possibility to finish in the top four.”