Solskjaer: Arsenal will be a fantastic challenge

Caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is relishing tonight’s FA Cup game against old rivals Arsenal.

The Norwegian has many memories of Arsenal from his time at United as a player and even started in both of the club’s semi-final wins against the Gunners in 1999 and 2004 on route to FA Cup glory.

Now Solskjaer hopes to be ready to repeat those feats as a coach and grab his eighth successive win in charge of United.

“Yes, of course, it is,” Solskjaer told MUTV, when asked if he’s relishing the tie.

“When you get the draw and you see that it’s Arsenal, it’s one of those ‘wow’ moments. It’s a tough one but it’s a fantastic challenge.

“We’ve played Arsenal so many times in the FA Cup. I’ve actually played in two semi-finals against them in 1999 and 2004 and we won both of them, so let’s hope that’s a good sign.”

Although the 45-year-old is aware that they cannot take Arsenal lightly at the Emirates Stadium tonight after their impressive 2-0 win over Chelsea last Saturday.

“Yes, you have to say that the game against Chelsea was impressive,” admitted Solskjaer.

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“They really took control of that game and pressed high as you said. They scored two goals and they have got counter-attacking threat as well but it’s not just that part of it – they’ve got the pace up front so we know we’ve got to be on song.”

The two-time FA Cup winner may only be signed on at Old Trafford until the end of the season at the moment, but he’s hoping to end the campaign by winning the competition one more time.

“It [the final] is the one big game I looked forward to every year as a youngster back in Norway,” said Solskjaer, while discussing his passion for the FA Cup.

“It’s the last game after the [league] season is done, seeing the teams walk out at Wembley.

“We’ve got a chance [to win the competition] but it’s a tough, tough challenge and we are looking forward to it.”

In the competition, United have claimed seven wins to Arsenal’s six with the other two meetings ending in a draw.

The fourth-round tie at the Emirates Stadium will begin at 20:55 (CET).

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