Darren Murphy claimed goal-shy Arsenal are a team in transition – and then set his sights on knocking Manchester United out of the FA Cup.
The Fulham captain says Arsenal are lacking the quality and experience of their golden era of Patrick Vieira, Thierry Henry, Freddie Ljungberg and Robert Pires.
Murphy, who faces United in the FA Cup quarter-finals next weekend, said:
“Even though our players are happy with the point, I sense a little disappointment because we could have won it. “Arsenal are in transition. They used to have experienced internationals but the manager has gone for a younger squad and it will take time to evolve. They are wonderfully gifted, but I’m a big believer in a blend of experience and youth.”
Murphy feels Fulham’s point at the Emirates will set them up for their FA Cup date with United at Craven Cottage and thinks Sir Alex Ferguson may even rest some players. He added:
“It’s the FA Cup and we are at home. They have Inter Milan and Liverpool in quick succession after us so I don’t think they will play a full-strength team against us. Saying that, they showed us respect at Old Trafford a couple of weeks ago by playing a strong team. I’d be surprised if he plays a strong team, but we will have a go whatever team they put out.”