Perhaps in an attempt to stir things up ahead of Arsenal versus Manchester United this weekend, Arsene Wenger was asked if he expected Jose Mourinho to ‘park the bus’ when his side visit the Emirates.
The United manager’s approach to away games against the biggest sides has generally been quite cautious, and his defensive tendencies often come to the fore.
However, the Frenchman was not willing to drawn, insisting that his team will have to be prepared for a team that will look to cause them problems.
“I don’t expect anything special,” he said. “I just expect us to be ready to recover now.
“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.
“I haven’t seen them a lot and it is not down to me to judge the way they play. I have just to look at the way we play and to prepare well for the game.
“They are a dangerous team, they have made fantastic results so to beat a team like that you need to be at your best and that’s what I want to focus on.”
Further attempts to make it about the managerial head to head were rebuffed too.
“It is a game between Arsenal and Man United at home,” he continued. “I just want to focus and to prepare well my team, and give my team a good chance to win the game.
“Man United is doing well at the moment, we are doing well at the moment, so it looks to be a promising game.”