Wayne Rooney has a suggestion for Arsenal ahead of clash against Manchester City

26 April, 2023

Just when you thought Arsenal had done enough to win their first league title in nearly two decades, a new plot twist submerged their fans’ dreams. Manchester City are right back in the thick of things and in fact, they are currently the favourites to win the title after the Gunners had dropped two vital points against Southampton over the weekend. 

Having already beaten Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium earlier this season, Manchester City will be hosting them tomorrow for an all-important title-decider at the Etihad Stadium. The Light Blues are beaming in confidence are in contention for a treble, which seems more likely now than it ever did before. 

Arsenal find themselves in a very difficult situation but the only suggestion from Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney is to keep things simple and play the match the way they usually do. Mikel Arteta’s side hold a five-point lead over Pep Guardiola’s men, having played two games more. They have six more games as they seek to win their first league title since 2004.

“How do they stop Erling Haaland? With William Saliba injured, there’s no prospect of matching his pace and power individually, and the only way is to go out and try to impose their own game,” said Wayne Rooney. 

The Manchester United icon won five league titles during his illustrious playing career and hee thinks Arsenal should try exposing their opponent’s defence rather than focus on the Premier League’s top goalscorer.

“Arsenal should focus on how to expose those City defenders rather than focus too much on Haaland. The mindset needs to be: nobody thought we’d be here, and now we’re playing for the title – so let’s go and take it,” he added. 

This game has massive title implications as the Gunners will move eight points clear of Manchester City with a victory. However, a defeat at the Etihad will hand the reigning champions the initiative in the title race as they will move to within two points of Arsenal with two matches in hand. Visit Nextbet for more information about Football teams and for exploring betting opportunities.