Arsenal stars arrive in Manchester ahead of crunch clash with United
Arsenal have arrived in Manchester ahead of Wednesday night’s crunch Premier League clash with United.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Co were pictured getting off the team coach and walking into their hotel, having taken a private flight out from the capital earlier in the day.
The Arsenal squad however, rocked up to their hotel behind schedule after being forced to sit in the Manchester traffic – something Jose Mourinho knows all about – for 50 minutes.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang walks into the team hotel as Arsenal stars arrive in Manchester
Henrikh Mkhitaryan (L) and Alexandre Lacazette get off the team bus and try to avoid the rain
Arsenal boss Unai Emery is greeted by a member of the security staff outside the team’s hotel
Arsenal’s hero from the weekend Lucas Torreira carries his bag over his shoulder as he walks
One would think some of the Arsenal stars would be accustomed to the English weather by now but several of their players looked fed up as the rain continued to pour down in Manchester.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alexandre Lacazette were both wrapped up warm in hoodies and hats and appeared eager to get within the confinements of the hotel after getting off the team bus.
Unai Emery’s men can consolidate their top-four spot with victory at Old Trafford and will be buoyed by their impressive win over arch-rivals Tottenham at the weekend.
The Arsenal players have been preparing for the occasion with games of table tennis with Aubameyang posting a video of Shkodran Mustafi and Mohamed Elneny involved in an intense match on social media.
Emery’s side produced their best performance of the season in the win over Tottenham and the Arsenal boss will be keen to continue in the same vein on Wednesday night.
Alex Iwobi looks fed up with the weather (L) as the rest of the Arsenal players get off the bus
Aubameyang carries his bags off the bus and walks towards the hotel’s entrance
It is the perfect time for Arsenal to come up against Jose Mourinho’s side with United stuck in a rut.
They haven’t won a Premier League game early November and have struggled to make Old Trafford a fortress this season, taking just 11 points from six games.
United go into Wednesday night’s game knowing that a defeat will see them cast aside in the chase for the top four places – while a win for Arsenal could also see Mourinho be given the boot after a string of poor results.