Wednesday 5th December 2018
John Jones – Multimedia Sports Journalism 2018
Arsenal are currently unbeaten for their last 19 games in all competitions, the longest run in Europe’s top five leagues and look to extend that this evening as they take on Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Unai Emery’s men are flying at the moment coming off a superb performance in a fiery north London derby. The fight and passion from the Gunners to comeback from being 2-1 behind showed the change in mentality for the side with the fans behind the team and backing the managers decisions they have become a force and getting the recognition they deserve for their performances.
Arsenal have only lost twice this season against Manchester City and Chelsea in the opening two games of the season. For the biggest change in their history, the team needed time to adapt to the new system and regime but have seemed to have adapted a lot quicker than expected with most pundits, reporters and fans expecting it to take a whole season.
Arsenal are still involved in all competitions after qualifying to the knockout stages of the Europa League winning 3-0 in the Ukraine to secure that place, the quarter finals of the Carabao Cup with another North London Derby taking place against Tottenham and the FA Cup after the new year when the third round commences.
Arsenal face another tough test tonight away at Manchester United but with the Red Devils struggling and the Gunners flying, Arsenal may be the favourites in this fixture for the first time in a few years.
Jose Mourinho’s men drew 2-2 with struggling Southampton at St Marys last weekend and are the only side in the top eight with a negative goal difference of -1. Manchester United have struggled for goals this year with Belgian frontman Romelu Lukaku scoring only his fifth goal this season whilst Arsenals frontman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has double that tally of ten goals this season and currently top goal scorer in the league. (BBC Sport) Another interesting stat is that Arsenal have scored more second half goals (24) than Manchester United have goals this year (22) proving the difference in front of goal this year.
Mourinho will be hoping a game of this magnitude can boost his players performances and gain a much-needed result to kickstart their season whilst Arsenal will be looking to continue to rise up the table and keep hold of that Champions League place and grab the three points and travel back down to London in preparation for the busy Christmas period.