Arsene Wenger will be in search of his competitive victory against longtime rival Jose Mourinho as both managers meet in the Arsenal-Manchester United clash in Old Trafford.
Gunners manager Wenger also defended his record against the Portuguese manager, saying: “You know, we didn’t lose always. We have beaten them and there were many draws as well.”
“I think I have won against every manager in the world during my 20 years here and I do not make of this game a competition between two managers.”
“It’s between two clubs and two teams and I think I can understand that people want to create controversy, but it’s not that that makes the audience. What will make the audience is the quality of the game.”
Wenger also revealed that Arsenal will continue to assess Alexis Sanchez’s condition.
Sanchez had started for Chile on Tuesday in their World Cup qualifier against qualifier despite suffering a hamstring problem earlier in the international break. The forward had scored two goals for Chile’s victory.
“I know him so well, like all my players that I observe every day, so I will be able to see if he was playing with a restriction or not. But the first goal he scored he ran from the halfway line and resisted two defenders – if you are really injured with a hamstring you cannot do that. It is a very difficult one because I am sure he will come back saying he is all right.”
However, Gunners right-back Hector Bellerin will be missing for four weeks because of an ankle injury, while Santi Cazorla remains out with an Achilles problem.
Manchester United is not that better off, with striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic serving a one-match ban, while Luke Shaw, Marouane Fellaini, Antonio Valencia and Wayne Rooney are all injury doubts.
Manchester United 1-1 Arsenal