Emery hoping Gunners make United statement
Arsenal boss Unai Emery wants a "very big performance" from his players on Sunday when they entertain in-form Manchester United.
While the Gunners slipped to a humbling 3-1 Europa League defeat at Rennes on Thursday, United's celebrations were still ongoing after they had beaten Paris Saint-Germain by the same scoreline in the French capital a day earlier.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side have now won their last nine away games, including an FA Cup victory at the Emirates Stadium in January.
The two teams are involved in a keenly-contested battle for a place in the Premier League top four, with United currently a point clear of their weekend hosts in the final Champions League qualification spot.
Emery conceded Arsenal will be coming up against a team enjoying a fine run of form and knows his players will have to deliver a strong display to inflict just a second defeat on Solskjaer since he was appointed caretaker manager in December.
"They are in a very good moment but we are together in the table," said Emery.
"We played against them one month ago in the FA Cup, we lost 3-1 but I remember we did very good things, created chances.
"We know Sunday is a tough match and it is for everybody an amazing match with very good players and we are going to play at home with our supporters.
"We need to have a very big performance from each player and tactically like a team but I am looking forward also to playing against a team like Manchester United and how they are in this moment with each player - very big confidence after the PSG match.
"But with our supporters, I want to create a big atmosphere, a positive atmosphere for us and help us to give us the best and strongest support for the match."
Aidan Perkins is a senior journalist that specialises in football stories. Aidan, a Liverpool fan, also has a broad knowledge of several other sports.