Thierry Henry claimed that Manchester United were better than Arsenal earlier this season.
The Gunners travel to Old Trafford on Thursday night as they look to build some momentum following their 2-0 win against Newcastle United on Saturday afternoon.
Mikel Arteta‘s side currently sit fifth in the Premier League standings, behind fourth-placed West Ham United on goal difference.
Now, they will hope to extend their five-point lead on United, who have won just one of their last eight league outings – a run of games that saw Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sacked as head-coach last month after his side were defeated 4-1 by Watford.
Veteran German coach Ralf Rangnick will assume the position of interim manager until the end of the season, however, work permit and Covid-19 protocols mean that his first game in charge won’t come against Arsenal, with Michael Carrick to lead the Red Devils out on Thursday instead.
Gunners icon Henry previously warned his old club over the dangers that United possess, naming frontman Cristiano Ronaldo as the one player to keep out of the game, if possible.
Speaking at the Prime Video Presents Sport 2021 showcase back in October, Henry said: “Manchester United vs Arsenal is always a huge game and they are probably better than us at the moment.
“They have a man who can turn problems into solutions in [Cristiano] Ronaldo, so we can only hope.”
Henry is a Prime Video pundit for their December Premier League fixtures and was joined on-stage by Patrice Evra to preview the highly-anticipated clash, admitting that it will be a tough task to win at Old Trafford for the second year in a row.
“United have been better than us but you never know what can happen,” the Frenchman added.
“It took us 14 years to win there again last season but even in my time, it was difficult to win there.
Evra said: “It’s never easy when you’re playing against Arsenal.
“I feel like they are one of those teams who enjoy their football when they come to Old Trafford – and I don’t really know why.”