Arsenal vs. Manchester United: Fateful Meeting

Arsenal vs. Manchester United: Still Everything To Play For

  • 14 points separate the two teams.
  • Arsenal’s 5-1 defeat at  Liverpool was their first league loss in nine.
  • Arsenal have only one Premier League loss at home this season – against Aston Villa on the opening day.
  • Manchester United trail the UEFA Champions League places by nine points.
  • Arsenal have won only once in the last 13 clashes between the two rivals.
  • Robin Van Persie’s scored the only goal of the game at Old Trafford in November.

Kieran Gibbs said Arsenal wanted to send out a “big statement” at Liverpool this past weekend. Unfortunately for them he got his wish though not in the way he presumably intended & the Gunners will need to quickly rectify their shocking first half performance at Anfield if their title aspirations are to return to the realm of the realistic.

David Moyes said: ‘We’ll always go and try to get a good result. We got a good results against them here at Old Trafford earlier in the season and we’ll try to do the same again. We’ve played better in several games but in that one we got the goal and sometimes that makes a difference. We’ll go and play. We are a top side and hopefully we’ll go and show that we are, play well and do everything we can to pick up the three points.

Key Players:


The defensive unit chosen. They will make the difference between getting their challenge back on track & the second stage of an eventual capitulation.

Manchester United

Robin Van Persie
Robin Van Persie will likely need to make it 6 games on the trot that he nets in this fixture if United are to prevail.

Robin Van Persie (United) – Moyes needs his Dutch striker to do the magic against his former side once more.

Juan Mata (United) – needs to be played in position & trusted to do what he does best.

Adnan Januzaj (United) – if he plays; which he should do more considering how effective he’s been when played this season.

Injuries & Suspensions:


Aaron Ramsey (thigh), Kim Kallstrom (back) and Thomas Vermaelen (calf) all out injured. Theo Walcott and Abou Diaby are long-term injury cases.

Manchester United

Phil Jones (calf); Jonny Evans (calf) and Marouane Fellaini (groin).

Mathieu Flamini (suspended)

In Contention for a return


Arsenal vs. Man Utd
Arsenal vs. Man Utd has always been a clash with an edge.

Tomas Rosicky, Lukas Podolski and Kieran Gibbs.

Manchester United

Rio Ferdinand.

Arsenal vs. Manchester United Odds

Arsenal 5/4

Draw 5/2

Man Utd 12/5

First Goalscorer Odds

Robin van Persie 5/1
Olivier Giroud 5/1
Wayne Rooney 6/1
Javier Hernandez 6/1
Lukas Podolski 7/1
Nicklas Bendtner 7/1
Yaya Sanogo 7/1
Danny Welbeck 8/1
Santi Cazorla 10/1
Juan Mata 10/1
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 11/1
Adnan Januzaj 11/1
Mesut Ozil 12/1
Jesse Lingard 12/1
No Goalscorer 12/1
Serge Gnabry 12/1
Ashley Young 12/1
Shinji Kagawa 12/1
Jack Wilshere 12/1
Gedion Zelalem 14/1
Tomas Rosicky 18/1
Mikel Arteta 18/1
Antonio Valencia 18/1
Ryan Giggs 18/1
Tom Cleverley 18/1
Per Mertesacker 25/1
Michael Carrick 25/1
Phil Jones 25/1
Patrice Evra 25/1
Darren Fletcher 28/1
Thomas Vermaelen 28/1
Isaac Hayden 33/1
Laurent Koscielny 33/1
Nemanja Vidic 33/1
Jonny Evans 33/1
Nacho Monreal 33/1
Bacary Sagna 33/1
Alexander Buttner 40/1
Rafael 40/1
Chris Smalling 50/1
Kieran Gibbs 50/1
Carl Jenkinson 50/1
Rio Ferdinand 66/1

  • Robin van Persie has scored in every one of the last five matches between these two teams.
  • First time Arsenal and Manchester United will meet in a league match after both failing to win their last match in almost 6 years.
  • Arsenal have conceded just one goal  in their last 11 matches in all competitions at the Emirates Stadium.

Likely Starting Lineups


  1. Szczesny
  2. Sagna
  3. Mertesacker
  4. Koscielny
  5. Gibbs
  6. Rosicky
  7. Wilshere
  8. Oxlade-Chamberlain
  9. Ozil
  10. Lukas Podolski
  11. Giroud

Manchester United

  1. De Gea
  2. Rafael
  3. Smalling
  4. Vidic
  5. Evra
  6. Fletcher
  7. Carrick
  8. Mata
  9. Rooney
  10. van Persie
  11. Young

League Table as it Stands

1 Chelsea 57
2 Arsenal 55
3 Manchester City 54
4 Liverpool 50
5 Tottenham Hotspur 47
6 Everton 45
7 Manchester United 41
8 Southampton 39
9 Newcastle United 37
10 West Ham United 28
11 Aston Villa 28
12 Swansea City 27
13 Hull City 27
14 Stoke City 26
15 Crystal Palace 26
16 Norwich City 25
17 West Bromwich Albion 24
18 Sunderland 24
19 Cardiff City 22
20 Fulham 20