Arsenal to go on the offensive against Man Utd, insists Wenger

Arsene Wenger has vowed to play an attacking side when Arsenal visit Manchester United in the Premier League on Saturday lunchtime, insisting that last season’s humiliating 8-2 defeat in the same fixture will have no bearing on this year’s outcome, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Wenger added that last season’s result was borne out of a combination of Arsenal being without a large number of important players, particularly in defence, tiredness from having played Udinese in a Champions League qualification match only days earlier, and Wenger’s decision to chase the game when trailing 4-1 with 10 men and less than 25 minutes to go.

The Arsenal manager claimed none of those factors were applicable this time, and that the XI he is likely to send out at Old Trafford will be vastly different to the one that started the game in August 2011. The Telegraph adds that only Aaron Ramsey is likely to start on Saturday having also started last year.

Wenger said: “Maybe you have to learn not to lose before you can win a game. So you give a bit more security to the team, and I have done that. But still our basic philosophy is to go forward and attack.

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