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'Since he has been there you cannot doubt his quality but at times he looks like he is going through the motions, however much ground he covers'

'Since he has been there you cannot doubt his quality but at times he looks like he is going through the motions, however much ground he covers'

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'Since he has been there you cannot doubt his quality but at times he looks like he is going through the motions, however much ground he covers'

It brings it home to you how much Manchester United's rivalry with Arsenal has dwindled over the last 11 seasons when you tot up the head-to-head going back to the start of the 2004-2005 season. I make it 17 wins for United, five draws and six wins for Arsenal.

When United face Arsenal on Monday in the FA Cup at Old Trafford, it is hard to see Arsenal winning even though it has been far from a great season for Louis van Gaal's team. I think it will also be United against Arsenal for fourth place in the Premier League. Liverpool look to me like the best bet for third.

I know it has been said before, but I see no leaders in the current Arsenal team. The club have been spoiled with them in the past, the likes of Tony Adams, but now they just do not have the same kind of player. It has been said that Arsenal have been better this year, but they still seem to be liable to crumble against a good opponent who is much more focused, like Monaco.

In the past few years, so many of their players have left after they realised that if they want to win championships then they have to move elsewhere. It's why I think Mesut Özil took the easy option joining Arsenal.

Since he has been there you cannot doubt his quality but at times he looks like he is going through the motions, however much ground he covers. He needs a leader around him to get him going. At Real Madrid he had a chance of winning league titles. At Arsenal that is not on the cards.

My issue with Arsenal is that I don't think they are striving to be like the great teams of theirs who used to battle us for the league title. They seem happy to finish fourth every year.

Irish Independent