Rio Ferdinand fires warning to Arsenal ahead of Man United showpiece

Rio Ferdinand fires warning to Arsenal ahead of Man United showpiece

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has urged Arsenal to ‘halt’ their Premier League losing run ahead of their trip to Old Trafford on Sunday.

Man United will welcome the Gunners at the Theatre of Dreams this weekend and will look to get their first home win this season, having lost twice and drawn one in their first three home games.

Arsenal have suffered back-to-back Premier League defeats after succumbing to a frustrating 1-0 defeat to Leicester City on Sunday night.

Ferdinand believes previous Arsenal teams have collapsed in the past and, ahead of Sunday’s trip to Manchester, has called on Mikel Arteta’s new-look side to show their courage.

‘They’ve been having a party since Partey signed. Reality hits home now,’ said Rio Ferdinand on his FIVE YouTube channel.

Jamie Vardy scored a late goal to help Leicester City beat Arsenal
Jamie Vardy scored a late goal to help Leicester City beat Arsenal

‘They’ve got to respond. I’ve said it about Everton and I’m going to say the same thing about Arsenal: it’s how you respond to these situations.

‘Too many times in the past Arsenal have not responded in these situations and have gone on runs losing games and they drift away. They can’t have that happen this season.

‘I think Arteta has been a breathe of fresh air at the Emirates. This is now a big time to say to the boys: “Listen, you’ve lost, that’s it, we move on”.

Rio Ferdinand tells Mikel Arteta to halt Arsenal's losing run in the Premier League
Rio Ferdinand tells Mikel Arteta to halt Arsenal’s losing run in the Premier League

‘And that’s the mentality shift that he has to implement in this squad. Can he do it? We’ll wait and see.’

Arsenal occupy the 11th position with 9 points, two points ahead of Manchester United in 15th position, though they have played one game more.