There is no spite between Jose Mourinho and Unai Emery, as far as we know.
The Special One loathed Wenger, called him a “voyeur “ and “ a specialist in failure” but that’s ancient history now.
I doubt if Mourinho will ever say anything like that about Emery.
Indeed, he is more likely to respect a manager who is unbeaten in his last 19 games. He knows how hard it is to build that sequence in English football and he will have studied Arsenal’s 4-2 thrashing of Spurs.
This is a much more competitive Arsenal team, one that has a spine since the tiny Uruguayan arrived in the summer. Torreira keeps pressing and the whole team believes in the manager’s ideas. This Arsenal is not flaky or flaccid and it’s more likely to finish fourth than United.
It’s a shame that the legendary Red Devils have become more of a soap opera than a football club.
I realised this week that I have gradually stopped watching their matches, and their highlights, that I now skip through their press coverage by reading the headlines, not the text.
Manchester United are just not interesting any more. Never thought I’d say that…but I just did. It’s been a gradual thing, a process which has crept up on me over the last six or seven months.
That’s why I fancy Arsenal tonight.
Emery’s new team has a real chance of winning.
And Bernd Leno, the 26-year old, is the right kind of goalkeeper for Emery-football. He sprints out of his penalty for one-on-ones, punches crosses because he knows he will not be protected by referees, as he was in the Bundesliga
Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial are match-winning footballers, and Marcus Rashford is a powerhouse who can run away from defences.
But I don’t believe tonight’s game will suit those three players. I’m expecting a hectic and untidy first 45 with Arsenal looking to shut the crowd up.
Aubameyang, a striker who responds to big games, got two goals and an assist on Sunday. He is on fire right now,
Arsenal have not won at Old Trafford since September 2006.
Adebayor scored the only goal of the game.