Arsene Wenger has had one last go at rallying the troops before the big match against Man United on Sunday, insisting that we’re actually quite good in the league – hurrah!

Everyone took the loss to Olympiacos hard but now Wenger has urged us to move on and get ready for battle against the Red Devils.

“I don’t see why we should be absolutely down,” Wenger insisted.

“We are on the back of three or four good results in the Premier League. Yes, we had a disappointment in the Champions League, and we have to analyse it well. It was disappointing to lose, but overall every competition is different, you have to go in a different competition in a different state of mind and we have to be inspired by what we did at Leicester.

“If I say now that we are three points behind Man United, playing Man United at home and I don’t believe that we can win the Premier League, what would you [the media] tell me? You will slaughter me.”

Arsenal's French manager Arsene Wenger reacts on the touchline during the UEFA Champions League
Arsenal’s French manager Arsene Wenger reacts on the touchline during the UEFA Champions League Group F football match between Arsenal and Olympiakos at The Emirates Stadium in north London on September 29, 2015. AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)

Last season we lost 2-1 at home to United so this year we’ll be hopefully pushing for the three points. At this stage, if we’re genuinely going to contend for the title, we need to at least be beating these big teams at home.

“It’s worrying because when you accept to take the initiative of the game you also have to accept you can lose the game,” Wenger continued.

“I don’t explain the fact that we lost the two games in the Champions League by being inferior. We’ve played two teams who accepted our superiority at the start [and played defensively].

“If you play offensive football and you lose, everybody kills you. But if you sit for 10 games with a team which refuses to play then you will fall asleep and everybody says: ‘why don’t you attack?’”

United currently sit second in the league after Man City thrashed Newcastle 6-1 at the Etihad, while we’re placed down in sixth. However, a win for us could realistically put us up to third on goal difference, level with United on points.

It’s a chance to really make up some ground and there’s no better place to do it than on our home turf.