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Paul Scholes says Arsenal had ‘no threat’ against Manchester United


Paul Scholes says Arsenal had no attacking threat against Manchester United (Getty/Premier League Productions)

Paul Scholes believes Arsenal posed no threat to Manchester United during their goalless draw at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

The Gunners were without Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Bukayo Saka and Kieran Tierney for their clash with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

Gabriel Martinelli was replaced by Willian at half-time, while Nicolas Pepe, Alexandre Lacazette and Emile Smith Rowe all struggled to make an impact.

And Scholes has criticised United for failing to take more risks due to Arsenal’s lack of firepower.

‘They’ve come to Arsenal, who are not a great team, they [need to] win a big game, they can’t do it, and there’s no desperation to do it, I don’t see them throwing bodies forward,’ Scholes told Premier League Productions.

‘Arsenal going forward weren’t really a threat.

Arsenal could only register three shots on target against Manchester United (Getty)

‘I didn’t think you had to worry about them without Saka and Aubameyang. There’s no threat there.

‘Smith Rowe I think is a really good player, don’t get me wrong. He’s an exciting player, I think he’ll be a great player in time to come, but United don’t do enough to win these big games.’

Tony Adams, who was sitting alongside Scholes in the studio, also agreed with Scholes’ assessment of Arsenal but admits both sides are not on a level to compete for the Premier League titles.

‘It’s hurting when he’s talking about Arsenal being a great team,’ said the former Arsenal captain.

Asked if he disagrees with Scholes’ view, Adams replied: ‘No, I’m not!

‘I agree with him, United when we were rivals were the benchmark, you’d go to Old Trafford and beat them at Old Trafford you’re winning the league.

‘Both teams are not at that level at the moment.

‘I just thought today a lack of concentration, if they had taken their chances United would have won, but there were too many players today from United and Arsenal who were non-effective. They got back behind the ball and did their job defensively, but on the offensive side they were non-existent.’

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