Arsenal goalkeeper Wojtech Szczesny has opined that their Sunday afternoon opposition Manchester United are under more pressure to obtain a result at Old Trafford than they are because of their contrasting fortunes of late and their current Premier League positions.
Furthermore, the Pole believes that defeat would not be too hard to take as the Gunners 'could possibly afford a slip up', presumably because they are, before the opening kick-off ball has been played, still two points ahead of second-placed Liverpool.
'We know it's going to be very tough - no one goes to Old Trafford as favourites - but we'll be confident,' said Wenger's number one glovesman to the club's official website. He added: 'They are very strong, especially at home. You always look forward to playing at Old Trafford but you know it's never going to be easy - we've not had a great record there as well.'
Szczesny has never been on the winning side when he has played at Old Trafford. He made his debut performance at the ground and was also on the wrong-end of the freak 8-2 result where United ran riot on an ailing Arsenal side.
'Because we are five points clear at top of the table [there is] possibly [more pressure on United],' he added. 'I don't like to say that but we could possibly afford a slip-up - I hope we won't but there's probably more pressure on them because they have to catch up. We will try to take advantage of it.'
Regardless, Szczesny insists he and his team-mates are 'confident' and that they want to reinforce the same message they have been sending all season: 'We want to challenge for a trophy, we're up for it, we're confident,' he concluded.
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