Arsenal: Arteta previews Man Utd clash in Premier League
Arsenal legend Ian Wright believes Edinson Cavani must be a starter for Manchester United. Cavani joined the Red Devils on a free transfer last summer after his contract expired at Paris Saint-Germain. The 33-year-old has scored four Premier League goals so far in 13 appearances, but has only started four matches in the top flight.
Anthony Martial has been Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s preferred central striker since the Norwegian became full-time United boss in 2019.
However, Martial has scored just two Premier League goals this term.
And following Wednesday’s shock loss to Sheffield United, Wright believes now is the time Cavani must start as much as possible.
United are next in action on Saturday against Wright’s old club at the Emirates (5.30pm).
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“When I was watching the game [against Sheffield United], because of the start that Man United did have which was very slow, for me I’d start Cavani,” Wright said on the Kelly & Wrighty Show.
“I think he’s only started four games and I think that’s he’s at the stage now where he’s ready to go.
“His movement and what he can do, especially against a Sheffield United side who were pretty good [on Thursday], they were resolute, you need the experience of the movement so you get that goal out of nowhere, like he did against Southampton.
“He made those two goals purely out of his movement and his knowledge.
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“I believe that he should be starting games and then you take him off, rather than you start slowly because you look at some of the positions that Martial took up again and there’s not enough happening in the box even if they do get in there, that they’re going to nick that goal and start getting into their stride.”
Arsenal head into the match unbeaten in their last six league matches, winning five.
And Solskjaer says Mikel Arteta’s side were always going to improve from their early-season form.
“They’ve been impressive lately, turned it around,” Solskjaer said.
“Definitely after the Chelsea game, with lots of pressure on them, and since then they’ve been performing and got results.
“We knew they were going to bounce back. It’s always great games against Arsenal.
“Away from home, I got a few good memories myself. Of course, we went down there in the cup [in 2019] and did well, and there have been some Champions League games.
“There have been some classic games. Hopefully we can put on a good performance and get a result.”
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