Arsenal v Manchester United – Match Facts

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Video preview, team news and stats ahead of the Premier League clash between Arsenal v Manchester United at Old Trafford.

TEAM NEWS

Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen has returned to action from a long-term Achilles injury with the reserves, but will not be rushed back into the first team. The Belgian centre-half has not featured since the end of August, but played the whole of Thursday night’s goalless second XI game against United at Old Trafford. Midfielder Abou Diaby (calf) misses out again, but Czech winger Tomas Rosicky could be available after illness.

Dimitar Berbatov returns to the Manchester United squad after missing three games with a minor groin strain as United look to end Arsenal’s lingering title challenge. Paul Scholes serves the final game of a three-match ban, whilst Darren Fletcher (virus) is expected to be available for Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final decider with Schalke.

MATCH FACTS

Park Ji Sung has scored in his last three starts against Arsenal

Man Utd have won six and lost none of their last seven matches against Arsenal in all competitions.

Arsenal have won only three of the last 17 Premier League meetings with Man Utd.

United have won 3-1 on their last two visits to the Emirates Stadium.

Wayne Rooney has scored in three of his last four appearances against Arsenal and missed a penalty in the other.

Rooney netted his first and his 100th Premier League goal against Arsenal and scored goals which ended Arsenal’s two longest unbeaten runs in the Premier League

Arsenal have conceded nine penalties this season, more than any other team, and one in each of their last three matches.

The Gunners have won just two of their last 11 matches in all competitions, including a 0-2 defeat against Man Utd in the FA Cup.

Man Utd have scored 17 headed goals in the Premier League this season, more than any other team.

28% of the goals Arsenal have conceded have come from headers, only Everton (29%) have conceded a higher proportion.

Arsenal have conceded the highest percentage of goals from set pieces (56%).

ODDS

Arsenal 6/4, Draw 9/4, Man Utd 15/8

PA Sport / Opta

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