Arsenal have received a major compliment from Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal ahead of their clash at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday (4 October). The two clubs have been rivals since the beginning of the Premier League era and dominated the league prior to the emergence of Chelsea and Manchester City. The scenario, however, has changed in recent years, with the Gunners failing to win the league since 2004, while the Red Devils have not won any silverware since Sir Alex Ferguson retired at the end of the 2013 campaign.
The Dutch manager is in confident mood ahead of their clash against the north London club after a successful few weeks in the Premier League – which they sit at the top of currently – and the Champions League. Arsenal, on the other hand, are coming off of a disappointing week in the Champions League, suffering their second consecutive loss against Olympiacos, after they succumbed against Dinamo Zagreb in their opening group game. But Van Gaal believes that Arsenal are capable of mounting a comeback, despite their disappointing midweek result.
Moreover, the Red Devils manager has labelled Arsene Wenger's team the best technical side in the entire league, but the one flaw pinpointed by the Dutchman was their lack of trophies in recent seasons. The Gunners have just managed two FA Cup trophies - won back-to-back in 2014 and 2015 – in the last decade.
"We are happy but I think Arsenal can come back from a defeat. They have shown that a lot of times," Van Gaal said, as quoted by the Manchester Evening News.
"Arsenal are technically and tactically the best team in the league. Nevertheless, they haven't won so much, so you have to look for that improvement with that team," the former Bayern Munich manager added.