Revenge not on the agenda, insists Arsenal boss Wenger ahead of Man Utd match
Arsene Wenger has insisted he is not motivated by the prospect of putting right last season’s humiliating 8-2 defeat by Manchester United when the he takes his Arsenal side back to Old Trafford on Saturday in the Premier League, the Daily Mirror has reported.
Arsenal have not won at the home of Manchester United since 2006, losing on their last four visits and conceding 13 goals in the process. The last time the Gunners recorded a clean sheet at Old Trafford was a 0-0 draw in May 2009, while their last victory came thanks to an Emmanuel Adebayor goal in September 2006.
Last season’s result was arguably one of the worst in Wenger’s time as Arsenal manager but the Frenchman is adamant it will not be a factor when the sides line up again. Not only is Wenger reluctant to discuss the match with his players, he feels it is irrelevant as his Arsenal side has undergone a major transformation since then.
Wenger added: “I will not mention last season at all. Ninety per cent of the players who will play on Saturday have not played in this game.”
The only players who played in last season’s meeting between the sides and could do so again for Arsenal on Saturday are Laurent Koscielny and Johan Djourou, who have both been out of favour of late, Carl Jenkinson, who lost his place in the side a week ago to the returning Bacary Sagna, Theo Walcott, who has spent most of his time on the bench recently, and Aaron Ramsey.
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