Manchester United midfielder and club legend Ryan Giggs has laughed off the idea that Arsenal are favourites going into the game at Old Trafford.
The Welshman, who will turn 40 this month insists that the Red Devils are capable of defeating anyone at home, especially Arsenal who last won at the home of the Champions in 2006. Emmanuel Adebayor's winner was the last time that the Gunners have had the boasting rights and after seven years, this is an Arsenal side which people believe can achieve the unthinkable yet again.
The Gunners are coming into the game on the back of a 1-0 win over Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund which was preceded by a 2-0 win over Liverpool at the Emirates. In comparison, United managed a 0-0 draw with Real Sociedad but are unbeaten in their last eight games in all competitions. Arsenal, on the other hand have won 14 of the last 15 games away from home while drawing the other. The corresponding fixture in the last two seasons has seen 13 goals being scored, 10-3 in favour of the hosts, including a 8-2 humiliation in the 2011/12 season.
"Man Utd v Arsenal at Old Trafford and we are underdogs? I wouldn't say we were underdogs. It is going to be tough but we feel we can defeat anyone at home,"Giggs said.
"I think the turn of the year is the time when everyone looks at each other and takes stock of where you are in the league and where you are in the cup competitions and then just kick on from there really. That's what we have done historically and that is what we want to do this season. We've not got off to a great start but slowly we are trying to find a bit of form. The toughest Arsenal team for me personally was the 1997-98 Double-winning team. They just had a bit of everything," he added.
The game has been touted to be the one to prove Arsenal's title credentials this season, but this is turning out to be a must win game for United, who, should they lose will fall 11 points behind the Gunners and with an uphill task to defend their Premier League trophy.