Former France forward Thierry Henry has urged Arsenal to make a ‘statement’ against Manchester United at Old Trafford and is eager to see how his former club would perform against the top sides.
Man United will host the Gunners at the Theatre of Dreams on Thursday night in the Premier League, hoping to maintain their unbeaten run under Michael Carrick.
United won Villarreal 2-0 in Spain last week in the Champions League before securing a 1-1 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Arsenal have been impressive in their recent games, including last weekend’s 2-0 win over Newcastle United.
Henry has refused to get carried away by Arsenal’s wins over the teams outside the top-four and has urged Arteta’s men to show ‘improvement’ against the top sides.
And the France legend says the improvement he wants to see from Arsenal is to beat the big guns, starting against Man United, and make the top-four this term.
Asked about Arsenal’s recent form, Henry told Prime Video: ‘It showed we can beat Newcastle at home. We can beat Burnley, we can beat Aston Villa before Steven Gerrard arrived. We can beat Leicester with 27% possession.
‘I think personally winning against those teams – and I’m not having a go – but I expect it from Arsenal when they play one game a week.
‘Now the improvement is can you beat the teams at the top? That’s the improvement I want to see and am waiting to see tomorrow at Old Trafford.
‘Every time they play a team they should lose against they not only lose but they get smashed. The improvement I want to see is can they get top-four?
‘I’m an Arsenal fan and I think Mikel Arteta is doing well, but I want to see that improvement.
‘Manchester United are not in the top-four but it can be a statement to go there and win and win well.
‘We’re talking about Arsenal. I’m not over the moon by a Newcastle win, I want to see them win at Old Trafford tomorrow.’
Manchester United have not won Arsenal at Old Trafford in their last two Premier League matches but those games were managed by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
In fact, United haven’t won Arsenal since the appointment of Mikel Arteta, losing three and drawing two in their last five meetings.
Man United have gone six games (three seasons) without beating Arsenal in the Premier League (3L 3D).