Ryan Giggs feels Arsenal will provide a tough test for the champions on Sunday as Arsene Wenger’s Gunners seek revenge for their 8-2 hiding at Old Trafford. Defeat at Swansea has left the capital club in fifth place in the table but only one of their seven league defeats has been at home.
“Arsenal are Arsenal,” declared Giggs. “They play very good football, they’re one of the best passing teams in Europe and they’re up there, as they always are. They’ve had a few disappointing results but they’re still in the Champions League and they’re up there in the league. Like most teams they probably could have done better, but I’m sure they’re happy.
“I’ve seen a statistic that they’ve let in more away goals than anyone else, but you’ve got to take into account that eight of those were at United, which was just a freak result. They’re a dangerous team. They’ve lost a few decent players over the years but they still play attractive football and new players keep coming in.
“Given the rivalry we’ve had over the years and the mutual respect between the two clubs, it doesn’t matter what the form-book says – it’s always a big game and always a tough game, especially at the Emirates. We’ve had mixed fortunes there; some good results and some bad results, but even in the good results we’ve always had to play well there to get a win. They’ve had a couple of defeats back-to-back, but that doesn’t matter.”
Manchester United’s manager Sir Alex Ferguson spoke at the press conference ahead of the Arsenal clash about the difficulty of the fixture and what he expects out of it.