Szczesny insists there are no scars from United defeat

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny admits that it was hurtful to lose 8-2 to Manchester United earlier this season, but the Gunners squad are not affected now by the loss, London Evening Standard reports. The 21 year old Pole was in goal at Old Trafford in what was the worst defeat of Arsene Wenger’s reign at Arsenal.

The Gunners face United when the reigning Premier League champions travel to North London on Sunday and Szczesny is expecting a difficult game. The 21 year old knows that his side have to win or face the huge task of being 15 points behind second-placed United. Arsenal have been on a good run of form since their disastrous start to the season, but have thrown away chances of victory in their last two away games at Fulham and Swansea. The Gunners are hell-bent on beating United and are looking to progress up the table.

Szczesny said: ‘”We lost badly to United earlier in the season but there are no scars from that game. We had plenty of injuries at Old Trafford, we had played away at Udinese so we had a lot of things to deal with going into that game. We were not able to perform at our best for many reasons. We don’t see any element of revenge for what happened. We just want to pick up three points and climb up the table because we don’t deserve to be where we are.’

Arsenal forward Thierry Henry could shrug off a calf problem to face United and re-ignite a personal battle with the Old Trafford side. Henry enjoyed playing against United and scored one of the most memorable goals in Premier League history in the 1-0 win over United at Highbury in October 2001. Szczesny has been impressed with the return of the Frenchman and believes the forwards at Arsenal can only learn and gain from the 34 year old.

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