Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has discussed Mikel Arteta and the ‘fierce rivalry’ between Manchester United and Arsenal ahead of this weekend’s meeting between the sides.
United host Arsenal this Sunday as one of the Premier League’s most iconic rivalries is resumed, the two clubs having regularly challenged each other for major honours during the nineties and early 2000’s.
Solskjaer was a regular member of the Red Devils side who enjoyed some notable clashes with the north London outfit, the two sides winning every Premier League title over an nine-year period between 1996 and 2004.
The Norwegian has now discussed the historic rivalry and has given his assessment of current Gunners’ boss Mikel Arteta, with both teams currently in transitional phases under the guidance of former players.
Solskjaer believes Arteta has made a promising start to life at the Emirates after winning the FA Cup last season and believes the Spaniard’s links to the club provide a ‘great foundation’ on which to build.
“I think any manager would need some time to put his principles in place and, of course, he’s already won a trophy,” said Solskjaer at his pre-match press conference.
“You can see what he’s doing; he’s got his own ideas. He’s worked under a top manager before. It’s a great foundation to build from and they’ve found a manager who wants the best for the club.
“When I played it was between us both to win the league, so that was a fierce rivalry,” added the ex-United striker. “There were all sorts of old stories – the passion, the excitement and the importance of those games.
“We knew if we took six points off them we’d more or less win the league, or vice versa. There were some unbelievable games, some fun memories, some bad memories. Now there’s still the rivalry, the history, but now we don’t think about them as our rivals or anyone as our rivals. We just need to put points on the board.”