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MIkel Arteta dismisses any Old Trafford fears ahead of Arsenal trip to Man Utd | Football

Mikel Arteta isn’t lacking in confidence ahead of a big match on Sunday (Picture: Getty Images)

Mikel Arteta insists his Arsenal side have no lack of faith as they prepare for a trip to Old Trafford this weekend, saying they have beaten Manchester United before and will do it again.

There’s no reason the Gunners should be fighting for confidence when they go into the game as the only Premier League team with a perfect record.

With five wins from five games, Arteta’s side sit at the top of the table, with United improving quickly after a terrible start but six points behind Arsenal in fifth place.

After three straight wins for the Red Devils, a trip to Old Trafford could seem intimidating for some sides, but Arteta says his players have no fears. Partly because of their recent form, but also thanks to their win at Manchester United just two seasons ago.

“They’re good enough to go out and win the game,” Arteta said of his players. “I think we have faith that that can happen. If not, it’s better to stay at home.

“We went through things like that when we hadn’t won at Stamford Bridge for 20 or so years, but you have to believe you’re going to pull it off. If you can play the way you want to play, you will win soccer games.

“This is nothing new [winning at Old Trafford]. We did it, we have to do it again and we have to believe from today, yesterday and right after the game that we are able to go there and play the game the way we want to.

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Arsenal won at Old Trafford in November 2020 (Image: Getty Images)

United boss Ten Hag has been delighted with Arsenal and what he’s seen of Arteta’s men so far this season ahead of his first clash with the Gunners.

“I saw Arsenal,” said the Dutchman. “A tough opponent, they’ve started the season really well as we all know and you can see there’s a team that is [a] long [time] together, with a coach who brings his philosophy to the team. So, this is a good test and I’m really looking forward to it [to it].’

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