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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  • John in Norfolk

    Our team picks itself today.

    …………..Szczesny……….

    Sagna…Djourou…Koscielny…Clichy.

    ….Song…..Ramsey…..Wilshere.

    …Walcott…..van Persie……Nasri.

    Good enough to beat the Unspeakables?

    Of course it is ..One nil to the Arsenal

    Better change the photo at the top of the blog, Old Red Nose isn’t smiling now!!!

  • james mc daid

    Fabregas is out,ramsey in.

  • John in Norfolk

    Cesc Who?? We’ve got Ramsey!!

  • Hamy

    Where was this Arsenal team?! They crushed Man United…where were they?!!! Amazing result…This victory was more of an aplogitic victory than it is a 3 point gain..when Arsene Wenger said “I believe in this team” I bet he meant that team who won in a very convincing fashion..If only they showed that kind of spirit from start of the season…great win..

  • bigsyisback

    Absolutely thrilled ! , now suddenly you all see what I have been saying for months that Cesc is not needed and more importantly you are all behind Wenger again and it has all been swept under the carpet,
    Truly fantastic news !

  • John in Norfolk

    All of us? erm, that’s three actualy Bigsy.

  • SuperRob7

    I still very much hope that Cesc will stay. Why can’t we rotate them? We keep going on about how its a squad game and that we lack strength in depth so I don’t think we should think its now okay to sell our captain because rambo has come back and played well today.

    And by the way, although ramsey was good, I don’t think he was at his best and before half time he was looking tired so expect him to get better and better as he gets match fitness, practice and confidence.

    And i’ve just watched the recording of the analysis on sky and sounness got it right regarding song. He was good today because he wasn’t trying to be like Cesc. He is tactically stupid in most games and he tries to go forward, which he isn’t good at and leaves cesc or wilshere covering for him, which they aren’t as good at so it just messes everything up. He should be told never to get in front of the ball and he could be good enough. As it is, I would spend big to get a disciplined (tactically and positionally, not necessarily with their tackling) defensive midfielder which I think would help us defensively as much as improving the central defence. Personally I would love to see mascherano playing for us but I’m not sure how popular that choice would be.

  • bigsyisback

    3 is all, 10 is all , 20 is all if that is the amount at any given time.

  • oz gunner

    ive always wanted to see mascherano play for us, he is a bullbog and is great at shutting players out of the game. As much as i want to see flamini back, i would take mascherano at second. Him and 30million for cesc would be fine with me, enough to get a quality CB and Striker.

    Great game by all the players today especially clichy. It will definently do his contract talks no harm because that was the clichy of old!
    As for sir red nose and VDS whinging about owns penalty claim after the game, what about vidic handball that should of resulted in a red (leaving him out of the chelsea game) and a penalty!

    Onlt question is where was that arsenal for the second half of the year?

  • SuperRob7

    if we aspire to be a club that can win the champions league then I don’t think we should sell any of our best players in order to buy new ones.

    I also think flamini could be a good player for us again but Wenger won’t try to sign him back as he left on a free and he would probably be embarassed to pay a transfer fee and make a loss, twice, on the same player.

  • John in Norfolk

    What’s all this about Flamini? Let’s face it he had one good season for Arsenal and since leaving has hardly set the world of Italian football on fire. After warming the bench for a couple of seasons I don’t see him suddenly blossoming into a new Vieira.

    Mascherano? Maybe, but with him in the side our yellow card count will rise and he could become a disciplinary embarrassment.