Arsenal legend Thierry Henry believes there has never been a better time to beat Manchester United, ahead of their Premier League clash on Sunday.
United host Arsenal at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon, with the Red Devils far from their imperious best this season, while the Gunners are challenging to win their first Premier League title since 2004.
Arsenal will need to beat their old foes to reduce the gap between them and leaders Leicester City, who scored a late goal to beat Norwich on Saturday and go five points clear and the Gunners go into the game, also knowing they have the same points as North London rivals Tottenham, who also play Swansea today.
And Henry has stressed the importance of taking the opportunity to get the better of an under-strength United team, and thinks the match could be vital for Louis van Gaal’s prospects of keeping his job at Old Trafford.
“Arsenal face Manchester United today knowing there has never been a better time to go to Old Trafford. United are wounded, both physically and mentally, with so many players out injured.
“Not so long ago, United versus Arsenal was the biggest game of the Premier League season, first against second in a virtual title decider. Today’s game is still massive but for all the wrong reasons.
“United need to win so boss Louis van Gaal can hang on to his job for another week. For the Gunners, it is the start of a run of six away matches which will decide whether they are going to win their first title in 12 years,” he wrote in his column in the Sun.
Arsenal defeated United 3-0 in the reverse fixture at the Emirates last year.