Andy Gray: Here's how Arsenal get back on track, step one involves United

talkSPORT host says all top sides have had a bad day at the office, but it's how they respond that matters and they face Manchester United next.

Renowned football specialist and former professional himself Andy Gray has warned fans and media alike to write off Arsenal at your own peril as, despite a 5-1 humbling suffered against Liverpool at the weekend, the club can bounce- back immediately providing they follow two straight-forward steps.

  1. Defeat Manchester United
  2. Embark on a winning run akin to the one that followed their 6-3 defeat to Manchester City

'I wouldn’t write them off just yet. I really wouldn’t,' said Gray to talkSPORT recently.

Pre-match, Arsene Wenger had been praised for the manner in which he had forged a centre back partnership that appeared to best rival the one he inherited when he took over at Highbury almost two decades ago. The duo of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker appear to have an intuitive understanding and an exceptional ability, perhaps more so than Sol Campbell and Kolo Toure and a rival for Tony Adams and Steve Bould in the 1990s.

However, Martin Skrtel, Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling all netted - the former and latter twice - as Arsenal's cohesion in the middle of the park as well as the back was ripped apart by Philippe Coutinho.

'[Arsenal] did get thumped 6-3 at the Etihad Stadium earlier this season [against City] and then went on a ten game unbeaten run. Their league fixtures actually aren’t that unkind to them in the next month.

'I think they are capable of getting back on track. They are certainly capable of beating Manchester United on Wednesday night. If they do that, then they will be talking again. You can have days like that. We have all had them. Let's see how they respond. A true championship side will respond in the right way.

'I think Manchester United is a great game. There is no way players can hide in this game.'

Arsenal's next Premier League only fixtures include a home clash against Manchester United, an Emirates Stadium welcoming for Sunderland, a trip to Stoke City, Swansea City at home, then Tottenham Hotspur away.

image: © wonker

Register for ARSENAL team updates

Register for MANCHESTER UNITED team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch