There are no scars! Szczesny insists Arsenal have fully recovered from 8-2 defeat against Manchester United
Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has insisted Arsenal have no scars after their extraordinary 8-2 defeat at Manchester United earlier in the season.
The Premier League giants meet again in London on Sunday.
And Szczesny said: 'We lost badly to United earlier in the season but there are no scars from that game.
We're over it: Szczesny insists Arsenal have recovered from their 8-2 defeat against Manchester United
'We had plenty of injuries at Old Trafford, we had played away at Udinese so we had a lot of things to deal with going into that game. We were not able to perform at our best for many reasons.
'We don’t see any element of revenge for what happened. We just want to pick up three points and climb up the table because we don’t deserve to be where we are.
'I wouldn’t treat it as revenge because we got over that game a long time ago. It is time for us to get points against them. We are 12 points off Man United and we need to show the gap in quality is not as big as that difference in the table reveals. We have to show we can challenge the top teams.'
What a result: United beat Arsenal 8-2 earlier in the season
For all Arsenal’s defensive problems, only Manchester City have conceded fewer goals at home than the six the Gunners have allowed at Emirates Stadium.
And Szczesny told the Standard: 'We are doing very well at home because we don’t concede very many goals. It is different to our away form and at the Emirates we get the results that prove how good we can be.
'We have to be confident that when the big boys come to the Emirates, we can get the results and that will make the difference in the fight to finish in the top four.
'I love playing big games so the sooner one comes up after a couple of poor results, the better for me. So I am glad we play Man United now.
'We are much more confident going into this match. We know that we are under pressure because we have to deliver the performance and get the three points on Sunday. But I think over the years, this club have shown that we do our best work under pressure and win games so hopefully that will happen again for us.'