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Jose will give it a go: Wenger

 

By Mark Mann-Bryans

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is not expecting Manchester United counterpart Jose Mourinho to park the bus when the sides clash tomorrow.

The Red Devils travel to the Emirates Stadium sitting second in the Premier League and on the back of a 4-2 win at Watford in midweek.

But Mourinho has yet to win an away game against a fellow top six side since taking charge at Old Trafford, with seven games at Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham yielding just three draws and one goal.

That run includes a 2-0 defeat at Arsenal last season as Wenger recorded his first competitive victory over Mourinho at the 16th attempt.

The pair have shared a tumultuous relationship over the years, but Wenger does not believe Mourinho, renowned for his defensive tactics in such matches, will only be eyeing a clean sheet in north London.

Asked whether he expected Mourinho to park the bus with a defensive outlook tomorrow, Wenger replied: "No, I don't expect anything special. Man United is a strong team and I expect us just to cope with the problems they will give us. They will attack as well. They will not only defend."

Arsenal welcome United having won their previous three Premier League games to move into the top four. Victory in the north London derby at home to Tottenham was followed up with a last-gasp win at Burnley before Huddersfield were dispatched 5-0 at the Emirates on Wednesday night.

That was a 12th successive home win as Alexandre Lacazette, Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil all got on the scoresheet while Olivier Giroud hit a brace.

It was not all positives for Wenger, however, as Lacazette was substituted at half-time with a groin injury, while Sanchez was also replaced late on after feeling his hamstring.

Wenger expects star man Sanchez to be fit to face United, but said club-record signing Lacazette will "certainly be out" of the contest.

"Sanchez had a little hamstring problem - that's why I took him off but I think he will be alright," Wenger said.

"Look, we have offensive weapons, you know. We have Danny Welbeck, we have Giroud, we have Jack Wilshere who all came on. They are all offensive players."

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