Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is looking forward to what he believes is always a ‘special’ encounter with Manchester United.
The two teams will go head to head at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Sunday, with the Gunners ten points clear of United in the standings, as they look to boost their title chances with a victory.
The north London club have not won at the Theatre of Dreams in the league since 2006, but they head into the clash as many people’s favourites to secure the three points, although Wenger is not focusing on such opinions.
He said: “Man Utd is a big club and Old Trafford is a special place. I believe for every club it remains a special fixture but for me favourites has no special meaning, it’s opinions.”
Arsenal have won their last two league matches to move within two points of the top of the table, although they head into the match on the back of a draw with Hull in the FA Cup and a defeat to Barcelona in the Champions League.
The Gunners will begin a run of seven matches in 22 days at Old Trafford and Wenger admits his side are entering a pivotal stage in their season, as they bid to secure glory in the Premier League for the first time since 2004.
He continued: “It is the key period. We work the whole season for this period and that’s where you’re really tested but it’s where you have an opportunity to show your quality as well.”
Arsenal secured a 3-0 victory over Manchester United when the two sides met at the Emirates Stadium earlier in the season and punters may choose to use their free bet to back Wenger’s side to achieve a similar result on Sunday.