Arsene Wenger admits he is still haunted by last season’s defeat against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
A patched-up United side, missing the likes of Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial, caught Arsenal cold with Marcus Rashford announcing himself with two goals on his Premier League debut as the Gunners slumped to a 3-2 defeat.
It was a loss that ultimately cost Arsenal any hope of hauling in eventual champions Leicester City and Wenger concedes he found the manner of the defeat hard to swallow.
He told Sky Sports: ‘The game we lost at Manchester United – I have still not swallowed that because it was basically our biggest chance to win the championship.
‘We could not afford to lose that game last year and I will never forget that result. All the rest you forget because that’s human beings being passionate and sometimes you go a bit overboard.’
Despite their recent bitter memories from visits to Old Trafford, Arsenal are without a league win there in 10 years, Wenger believes his side won’t be travelling north with an inferiority complex.
‘We want to be a candidate to win the Premier League and to do that, it is important we stay compact at the top and we respond to a disappointing result against Tottenham with a positive result away from home,’ he added.
‘I believe we beat Manchester United comfortably at home last year and we have won everywhere in the world.
‘It is not a game of managers, it is a game between two clubs, big teams who want to do well, and what is important to me is we turn up on the day with a strong performance.’