Wenger desperate to return to winning ways against United

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes his team is playing good football this season, but wants to do better as the Gunners look to extend their 16 match unbeaten run this season.

Arsenal have not lost a match this season since their opening day defeat to Liverpool, but Wenger isn’t satisfied with being unbeaten and instead is more keen on picking up wins, even as Arsenal head to Old Trafford this weekend to clash with one time arch rivals Manchester United.

Looking ahead to that game Wenger said, “We go into a period of big games, one after another. The way we deal with these kinds of games will be very important to our position in the league and our ambitions. I believe we are on a very strong run of 16 games unbeaten. We had a little hiccup against Tottenham at home, but now we want to start winning our games again.”

The veteran Frenchman continued, “Like every other game, it strengthens your belief when you win it. Some wins have been decisive at Old Trafford but this one will just be a strengthening of our position in the league – that’s what we of course want to achieve.”

Arsenal’s only defeat in the Premier League away from home in 2016 came at Old Trafford in February, a game the Gunners lost 3-2 courtesy of an explosive display from rookie Englishman Marcus Rashford.

Wenger though is hoping to set the record straight this weekend as Arsenal chase their first win in the Premier League at Old Trafford in a decade.

Looking back at the defeat last season, Wenger said, “In 2016 we lost one away game and that was at Old Trafford,” Wenger noted. “On top of that, it was a key game for us and that is where we did not respond with the quality of performance on the day.”

“We did not only lose the game, but that’s maybe one of the few away games in the whole year where the performance was not at the level. So we want to focus on that and respond with a strong performance and after that we have to accept the result. But what will be very important for me is that we respond with a strong performance on Saturday,” he concluded.

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