Former Arsenal striker Alan Smith belies Manchester United’s “marvellous” attacking talent is enough to make Mikel Arteta jealous.
United go into this weekend’s clash without Anthony Martial, as the Frenchman serves the final game of his three-match suspension.
But with that being said, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are coming off a five star display against RB Leipzig, which saw all three of their first-choice attackers net.
Mason Greenwood opened the scoring, before a Marcus Rashford hat-trick and Martial penalty earned them a stunning 5-0 win in the Champions League.
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Edinson Cavani could replace Martial to make his full United debut, with the Red Devils boasting a forward line that Smith believes gives United a major advantage over Arteta’s squad.
“In Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood, United have some marvellous young talent,” Smith told the Evening Standard.
“In Edinson Cavani, they also have an old master with a clinical eye. It’s enough to make anyone jealous, not least a manager trying to bridge the gap.”
Arsenal meanwhile, have failed to score in their last two top-flight games, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang enduring a five-game drough in the league.
And Smith believes in order for Arteta’s tenure to really take off, their attacking talents must hit form.
“To get a result at Old Trafford, Arsenal’s new-found sturdiness will be needed once again,” he added.
“To generate more optimism, the attack must find teeth that have gone missing.
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“The Gunners have become very solid under Arteta, rarely giving much away. But going forward? It has suddenly got a bit awkward, the old fluidity and flair nowhere to be seen.
“In fairness, that was always going to happen. In radically adjusting the mindset to become more resilient, Arsenal’s attacking threat was bound to be compromised.
“Finding the right balance is the tough challenge now for a manager armed with less material than practically all of his rivals.
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