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Arsenal v Ralf Rangnick's Manchester United: Three concerns for Arteta

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Manchester United are set to appoint Ralf Rangnick as their new manager and the German’s first game in charge is expected to be against Arsenal.

Rangnick is among the finest footballing minds in the world. Managers like Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel idolise him, and he could really change the Red Devils’ fortunes in the coming weeks.

Arsenal would’ve had nothing to worry about if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was still at the helm. With Rangnick now set to take charge, Mikel Arteta will have to be wary of three concerns ahead of the game at Old Trafford next week.

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Arsenal v Ralf Rangnick’s Manchester United: Three concerns for Arteta


One of the first things Rangnick will do while preparing for the Arsenal game is study how Liverpool beat us. Klopp’s philosophy is extremely similar to his compatriot’s, which makes the game plan pretty straightforward.

Manchester United, if Rangnick is at the helm for the game next week, will press high and the counter-pressure will be extremely intense. They will be very direct in possession, and that could cause us a lot of problems.

Liverpool did the same against Arsenal last weekend and forced our young players to make mistakes. If those errors happen again, the chances of the Gunners crumbling under pressure will be very high.

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As predictable as Rangnick’s philosophy is, Arteta will have no idea how Manchester United’s structure will be under their soon-to-be boss.

The German is very flexible with his formation. He has used the 4-3-3 and the 4-4-2 in the past, but his most successful system was his 4-2-2-2 when he was at the helm at RB Leipzig.

Arteta will have to set his side up to counter the high press, but whether it will be three attacking players chasing the ball or four is anyone’s guess at the moment.

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The new manager bounce

Almost every time a club changes its manager, there will be a big response from the players. Everyone will step up to impress the new man at the helm, and that is a big problem for us.

We all know how dangerous Manchester United’s players can be. Their skillset was arguably limited under Solskjaer, which is why the Red Devils never even managed to score a goal against Arteta’s Arsenal in three attempts.

Under Rangnick, United’s attackers will have the freedom to do what they do best. That could bring the best out of every one of them, which is bad news for Arsenal.

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