When you start off a month where each game is against top opposition, it is important that you start off on the right foot by winning to establish momentum. For Arsenal, they started November with an impressive 2-0 win over Liverpool in Premier League play and then followed that performance up by finding a way to grind out a 1-0 over Borussia Dortmund away from home in Champions League play.
On Sunday, Arsenal can cap off an impressive nine-day stretch by beating Manchester United at Old Trafford in a league game that will mean more than just three points against a rival. For Arsenal, winning on Sunday would go a long way to continuing to quiet doubters and strengthen their case for them as potential favorites to eventually win the league.
Despite their strong start, there are still a number of individuals who do not take Arsenal seriously as title contenders as of yet. One such person is Robbie Mustoe, who is part of NBC Sports’ Premier League coverage. Beating Manchester United would mean that Arsenal would have defeated Liverpool and Manchester United in back to back weekends. It would no doubt finally silence the likes of Mustoe.
As well, Arsenal winning would inflict another physiological blow to what has been a shaky season so far from Manchester United. Arsenal are currently eight points ahead of Manchester United, and winning would not only extend that gap to 11 points, but it would also make Manchester United uncertain about their chances repeat as league champions. Gaining a mental edge over a David Moyes-led Manchester United team is something that Arsenal must take advantage of.
Finally, Arsenal need to continue to win because that’s what top teams do. While that statement sounds obvious, teams that win league titles do not just settle for a draw in games like this. No, teams who aspire to win the league see what’s ahead of them on Sunday and they want to bury their rival. Arsenal will find themselves with said chance on Sunday, and coming out victorious will show that the league is theirs for the taking.
It’s been a while since an Arsenal team under Arense Wenger has been able to enjoy such a stretch. Winning on Sunday against Manchester United would not only cap off what will easily be the best week in recent Arsenal history, but it would go a long way to answering any remaining doubts about their title credentials while only adding to the questions that Manchester United will have to answer.