How do you improve on our North London Derby win over tottenham?
Our 4-2 victory was performed in a superb manner, and another test is upon us, as we travel to Old Trafford to take on Man United.
If we maintain our excellent display, then we will earn our first win at United since 2006. United haven’t won any of their last four games in any competition, and look well short of their best in their recent outings.
Which can only help our own chances, but ask most Gooners about our chances, and a visit to Old Trafford to take on United - regardless of their poor form - doesn’t fill any of us with optimism.
However, if we are to win at the ultimate bogey destination, then this is one of our best chances.
Jose Mourinho may have had a great record against Wenger, but Emery has shown he will change things should they need changing, regardless of personnel.
We are flying high, and we need to aim for what we did in the weekend. reach that level, and three points could well be coming back down to London.
Nacho Monreal has returned to training, but given Sead Kolasinac’s form in our recent derby win, the Spaniard will most likely be on the bench for this one.
Mesut Ozil was left out due to back spasms, but will the German return? This is the dilemma that Emery has - do you change a winning team? Also, it was our manager’s half-time changes that swung the game in our favour, so what happens with Iwobi and Mkhitaryan? Do they get left out in favour of their replacements; Lacazette and Ramsey?
Granit Xhaka will definitely miss out after collecting his fifth yellow card in our win over spurs, which means Matteo Guendouzi is favourite to start in his stead.
For Jose, he has a major defensive headache. He is hoping for Chris Smalling and Eric Bailly recover from recent knocks, because Young, Shaw and Lindelof are all most likely out. Lukaku is also nursing a knock, so a lot of heat falls on Marcus Rashford.
What will happen on the pitch
We actually started well against spurs, and if it weren’t for some shady decisions, then we could have gone into half time with a lead - for the first time this season. Instead, we went in to the changing room with a deficit, but we should have no concerns - as United are nearly as bad.
Jose’s team have conceded the fifth most goals inside the first 15 mins, so that means if we go at them at the helter skelter pace we saw in the weekend versus our neighbours, then we can reap some damage.
I think Emery will aim for our side to be conservative at first. Old Trafford bears many scars for us, and even though United have no form to speak of, we still need to be wary.
Press effectively, and we can hound Pogba into losing his cool. Control the midfield, we control the game.
This is why I think Ramsey may start, but Lacazette may be our secret weapon to change the game from the bench. It means we can keep things tight and change it should we need to.
If we can mark Rashford, we can rob them of their main attacking outlet. Our three man defence were on fine form in snuffing out Kane, Ali and Son, can they recreate that?
A few stats for you. Only Fulham have kept less clean sheets than both of our teams this season. We have however, scored more second half goals than any side.
If we are to keep that up, Aubameyang is key - and the Gabon striker has scored with his last ten shots on target.