We’re back for yet another trip down memory lane, and this one comes from a game that took place three years ago. It was Arsenal vs Manchester United in a clash that was set to provide some clarity on who would end up finishing 3rd in the Premier League, and thankfully for the Gunners, they were able to ‘hold serve’ so to speak by picking up a 1-1 draw against The Red Devils at Old Trafford.
Arsenal headed into Sunday afternoon’s game against Manchester United at Old Trafford with a weakened side. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger fielded a mixture of young and fringe players in the clash.
The team from north London actually produced a decent display. They were unfortunate to lose 2-1 courtesy of a stoppage-time Marouane Fellaini winner. Despite the positive performance, the game saw Arsenal suffer yet another away defeat in the Premier League. The Gunners away record this season is a woeful one.
It’s that time again for us to take another trip down memory lane, and ironically enough, Arsenal will be playing the very same team today that they did nine years ago on this day. We are, of course, referring to Manchester United, but back in 2009 it wasn’t your run of the mill Premier League clash between the two giants of English football – it was a UEFA Champions League semi-final.
By the end of the season, The Red Devils had won the PL once again whereas the Gunners finished in 4th, but regardless of that, all eyes were always going to be on this two-legged tie to determine who would play Barcelona in Rome.
Arsenal forward Theo Walcott took the blame for his part in Manchester United’s opening goal in Saturday’s Premier League meeting at Old Trafford, having switched off and failing to track eventual goalscorer Juan Mata when the Spaniard was making his way into the penalty area to convert a cross into the back of the net.
“I’m just disappointed because my positioning on the goal was disappointing from my side of it because defensively I want to (cover that). I’ve been doing that all season. I knew that was my man to get in there. So on a personal level that’s very disappointing for myself. But the guys, they did well and we managed to get that point that we deserved,” said Walcott to Sky Sports.
Manchester United host Arsenal in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Saturday lunchtime, as the visitors look to secure a victory that will take them to the top of the table.
The home side have not been in great form of late. However, the Red Devils did record a 3-1 win at Swansea prior to the international break. A stunning strike from Paul Pogba and brace from Zlatan Ibrahimovic secured the first win in five league games for the Red Devils.
On Saturday lunchtime Arsenal visit Old Trafford to take on Manchester United in a serious test of the Gunners title credentials.
As we all know Arsenal have a poor record at Old Trafford in the Premier League. The Gunners have failed to win at United’s home ground in the last decade in the top-flight, picking up just two points from their last nine visits to the Red Devils.
It seems Manchester United raise their game for the Gunners visits. No matter how badly the Red Devils seem to be performing in the league, they seem to beat Arsene Wenger’s side on home soil.
Arsenal travel to Old Trafford to face old adversaries Manchester United in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon, in a game that many believe the Gunners can take all three points from.
However, in addition to Arsene Wenger keen to end a winless league head-to-head record against Jose Mourinho, Arsenal have a 10-year winless run at Old Trafford to turn around.
Since 2006’s 1-0 win away to Manchester United, Arsenal haven’t beaten United in the Premier League at Old Trafford.
Arsenal face a test of their Premier League title credentials when they visit injury-hit Manchester United on Sunday afternoon.
United have experienced a disappointing campaign so far this season and currently lays in fifth place in the Premier League. Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal has been heavy criticised for the teams style of play, but of late his team have been massively injury-hit.
United have lost ground on the Champions League spots after failure to win their last two games in the Premier League with a draw against Chelsea and then a defeat against Sunderland last time out.