Ole Gunnar Solskjaer rates Mikel Arteta's job at Arsenal ahead of Man Utd clash

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has praised the job Mikel Arteta has done at Arsenal and is expecting a tough game when Manchester United host the Gunners at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Neither side has made a great start to the new campaign, with Arsenal losing three of their last four Premier League matches and sitting in 11th place while United are four places lower having lost at home to both Crystal Palace and Tottenham, shipping nine goals in the process.

Solskjaer’s side have improved recently, though they are still looking to record their first home win in the league while the Norwegian has failed to beat the Gunners during his time in charge so far.

Sunday’s match marks his 100th match as United boss, while Arteta has been in charge of just 39 games for Arsenal, though Solskjaer has been impressed with the work his counterpart has done in such a short period of time.

‘Any manager would need some time to put his principles and plays, he’s already won a trophy with them and you can see what he’s doing,’ said Solskjaer at his pre-match press conference.

‘You can see he’s got his own ideas and that he’s also worked under a top manager before, definitely.

‘When you’re at the start of your career as a manager and you can start winning already it’s a great foundation to build from.

‘They’ve really found a manager who wants the best for the club.’

He continued: ‘Arsenal is always going to be difficult, because they are a very good team with a good manager who has got some great ideas on how football should be played and I’m looking forward to it.’

On reaching 100 games in charge, he added: ‘Surprised it’s 100 games, it’s gone really quickly even though a lot has happened, so let’s hope I can celebrate number 100 with a good performance and a good result. I’ve enjoyed it so far.’

Both teams prepared for Sunday’s game in ideal fashion, with United thumping RB Leipzig in the Champions League and Arsenal seeing off Dundalk in the Europa League.

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