Arsenal FC manager ready to end Old Trafford hoodoo
Arsene Wenger optimistic his Gunners team can beat Manchester United tonight
March 9th, 2015
Arsenal haven’t won away to Manchester United since 2006 when Emmanuel Adebayor scored the winning goal, with the London side having suffered some heavy defeats since that game.
Most notably, the 8-2 reverse three seasons ago saw the Gunners crumple like a wet paper bag although Arsene Wenger is confident that his team have the resolve to challenge United tonight as they aim to retain their FA Cup.
Arsenal’s only realistic chance of silverware is again this competition and Wenger believes that history counts for little when the teams take to the pitch at Old Trafford this evening.
“I know we have not won at Old Trafford for a few years but I don’t believe history plays any part in this game,” Wenger said.
“It doesn’t matter what shirt they wear, or what stadium they play in. It is down to quality. If I’ve learnt something in my life it’s that the performance on the day decides the outcome of the day, not where you play.
“We won at Manchester City and the fact that we can win away from home, that is important. If you haven’t won away from home all season it’s more difficult. But we know we can do well away from home.
“We have lost some points in the Premier League this season that we should never have lost,” Wenger added. “The game against United was the biggest one we threw away.
“We were so dominant that the game should have been over in the first half-hour. When you look again at the way we conceded the two goals — well, we just offered them the game.”