Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expecting an open game against Arsenal on Monday night and is wary of Unai Emery’s tactical knowledge.
The Gunners have most regularly lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation but Emery has already experimented with a diamond midfield this season and is unafraid to make in-game tactical changes, should he need to.
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- Man Utd have won just four of their last 15 Premier League games.
- They face an Arsenal side on Monday that has lost just once this season.
- Solskjaer has admitted he must find a way to combat Emery’s tactical know-how.
- The Spaniard has already lined his side up in four different formations this term.
- Arsenal have won just two of their last eight meetings with Man Utd.
While Solskjaer believes it will be an open game between two attacking sides, and that it might just be the perfect chance for Man Utd to bounce back to form, he admits he’s kept a close eye on Emery over the years and is taking nothing for granted.
“The games against Arsenal have always been great for the spectators, and for us. We’ve got a good record against them,” he told Sky Sports.
“For us it’s about focusing on ourselves, doing our bit, and seeing if we can solve the problems they give us.
“I think it will be an open game, two teams that want to attack, and the next game is always the perfect occasion to prove yourselves. Every game here is a game you want to win, and have to win.
“I’ve watched Unai Emery over many years, and system-wise he can come with any shape, he knows it all.”
Rome wasn’t built in a day
Despite some remarkable form during the early stages of his tenure at Old Trafford, things haven’t been easy for Solskjaer, especially since taking up the managerial role on a permanent basis.
The Red Devils have won just four of their last 15 Premier League games and despite having the second-best defence in the division, have scored just eight goals so far this season.
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But Solskjaer insists he never expected the job to be a “quick fix” and has called for patience as his squad keep striving to improve.
He added: “Rome wasn’t built in a day. We need time, and the attitude of the boys has been great.
“They want to learn, so the week is all about improving and learning, which is great, and then your mood is decided by the games, results. When I do an interview now, a few days after a defeat, it’s more settled and you’re looking forward again.”