Ahead of Arsenal’s game against Manchester United on Sunday, former striker, Andy Cole, has been singing the praises of the Gunners.
Arsenal are now the favourites to win the Premier League with most football betting sites but Arsenal fans are not getting too carried away with half the season still to play.
Still, even though Manchester City scored four second half goals against Tottenham on Thursday night to close the gap to five points, Arsenal still have a game in hand and go into Sunday’s match knowing they have an excellent home record – and a score to settle from Old Trafford earlier in the season.
Ahead of the game, Andy Cole, who started his career as a youngster with the Gunners before making his name with 121 goals and 45 assists in 275 games for United, gave his thoughts on Mikel Arteta’s men.
“I don’t like to focus too much on whether one team played poorly, or whatever. I think we should focus on how brilliant Arsenal were [vs Tottenham],” Cole told Betway.
“From minute one, they played some fantastic football and they cruised it.
“Yes, Ramsdale made a couple of good saves, but that’s what goalkeepers are there to do. Otherwise, they were extremely comfortable.
“Mikel Arteta was given a couple of years to work things out and Arsenal are benefitting from it now.
“Bukayo Saka has been so impressive, Martin Odegaard in midfield, even Granit Xhaka. In previous seasons he was the player who was always getting sent off and letting them down but he’s a totally different individual now.
“The two centre-backs have done extremely well. And so has Zinchenko because I really rate Kieran Tierney, but he can’t get a look-in at the moment.”
Over the years, Arsenal have won 67.1% of their home games against United although we all know that form rarely plays a part. With Anthony Taylor in charge of the game, the possibility of a refereeing error deciding the game is always looming.
From Arsenal’s last 10 games against United, Arsenal have won four and drawn three and the last time Arsenal lost at home to United was in the FA Cup in January 2019.
A win for Arsenal on Sunday would move them 11 points clear of United.