Erik ten Hag looking forward to 'tough opponents' Arsenal
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Arsenal star Bukayo Saka has urged his team-mates to show more passion than their Manchester United counterparts in Sunday’s clash. The England winger believes merging a passionate display with a tactically astute game plan will help the Gunners defeat Erik ten Hag’s side.
Arsenal lost a thrilling encounter at Old Trafford last season, with United winning 3-2 largely thanks to a Cristiano Ronaldo brace. But Mikel Arteta’s side have come a long way since that game last December and defeated United in April.
The North Londoners are the only Premier League team to maintain a 100 per cent winning start this season. They face a Red Devils team finally finding their feet under Ten Hag.
And Saka thinks his colleagues will win the biggest game of their season so far if they balance passion with a successful tactical plan. “Beating United would be a very big thing, because they are a quality team and in good form right now,” the 20-year-old said.
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“If we can go there and win it will give us a lot of confidence going forward. It’s a special rivalry. I’ve seen the games from before, with the big tackles and the fighting. In games like this it has to be a balance between tactics and passion.
“Passion is really important. You can’t let the other team have more than you because then things get difficult.
“We’re in a good place right now. The next step for us it to try to bring some trophies, win more big games and play at the highest level.”
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Arteta has recalled his memories of watching matches between the two sides and believes his own team will be in for a tough game on Sunday. United lost their opening two matches under Ten Hag but have now won their last three.
The Spaniard said: “They (Arsenal’s rivalry with Man Utd) started a little bit when I was younger, watching that rivalry and watching those special games between the two teams. Obviously the games as a player, winning, are a beautiful feeling. It’s a magnificent stadium to go there and be us again as a team.
“When you look at the squad that they have, the amount of money that they have and what they’ve done in the market, I’m not surprised. They’re going to win a lot of football matches. Manchester United’s history tells you that this is going to happen. It’s another big rival and we have to compete with them.”
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