Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville feels Arsenal need to make a psychological change in order to challenge for the league title.
Arsenal welcome Man United to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, trailing the Reds, who currently top the table, by three points. The Gunners are coming into the game off the back of a 3-2 defeat to Olympiakos in the Champions League and they have been terribly inconsistent this season.
United will be trying to open up a six point gap over Arsenal at the top of the league, a difference that could prove insurmountable come the end of the campaign. The North London club have struggled in the big games in previous years and Neville feels it is a psychological issue.
The former full-back wrote in the Telegraph: “Arsenal’s chance of winning this strange Premier League title race will improve dramatically, I believe, if they make one big psychological change.
“Starting against Manchester United this weekend, they have to prepare themselves to deal with the strengths of the opposition before they can impose their own brand of football.”
Arsene Wenger in particular has come under plenty of criticism for his naivety in big games, believing his side can outplay their opposition without having to adapt to the team they are facing. The Gunners can’t afford to make the same mistake against United, as a loss would be a huge setback so early in the season.
The Reds will want to continue their good run of form, having won their last four games. Even when United haven’t been at the top of their game, they have managed to grind out results and will be full of confidence ahead of their trip to London.
Despite there being 30 games left in the Premier League for both sides after they face off, the result could be crucial come the end of the season. A win for United would keep them top and fans could really start to think that a title charge could be on.