Rain. Stone Roses. Coronation Street. Rain. Oasis. Rain.
When you ask people what the first thing that comes into their head is when they think of Manchester, the majority of them will probably mention a few of the above. It might be a different story for Arsene Wenger though, whose trips to Old Trafford have been as hard to stomach as a Gail Platt bikini shoot.
The Arsenal boss won on just his second attempt at the Theatre of Dreams, back in the 1997/98 season. Marc Overmars’ winner set the Gunners up for a league and cup double, but it’s been a difficult 15 years since in the North West.
- In all competitions, Arsene Wenger has won just four times at Old Trafford from 22 attempts
- Three of those victories have been in the league, and all have them have finished 1-0
- Arsenal haven’t won at Manchester United since September 2006, they have lost eight and drawn once since then
It doesn’t make great reading for Arsenal fans who are probably too buoyant after the Borussia Dortmund victory to care about these statistics. For those fans who have donned rose-tinted glasses in the last eight years and ignored the cobwebs that have now taken over the trophy cabinet, it’s time to enjoy the moment. So here’s some Arsene Wenger v David Moyes stats you’re going to love.
- Arsene Wenger has faced David Moyes 23 times and lost just twice
- In those 23 matches, Arsene Wenger’s side have scored 47 goals, and David Moyes’ team managed just 17
- Wenger is currently on a 12-match unbeaten run against David Moyes
Throw in the fact that Arsenal are the only side to score in every league game this season, they haven’t been beaten in the league since the opening day and they have a five point cushion at the top of the table, and you get the feeling Wenger could buck the trend on Sunday.
A win for Arsenal would leave United a massive 11 points behind the Gunners in the title race and would be yet another blot on David Moyes’ light-weight CV. The United manager will be hoping it will be a former Arsenal captain who can derail the Gunners’ good progress.
Robin Van Persie missed a penalty mid-week and is unlikely to hear many friendly comments aimed at him from the away section this weekend. But the Dutchman has scored in each of the last four Manchester United v Arsenal clashes – twice for each side – and is the firm favourite to get his name on the scoresheet again.
It’s a fixture with plenty of previous Ball of Shame antics, from Pizza-gate to Roy Keane v Patrick Vieira in the tunnel and Martin Keown’s delicate way of celebrating a Ruud van Nistlerooy penalty miss. To celebrate, this weekend Paddy Power are refunding the usual selected bets if RVP bags the last goal of the game.
Even if he does though, it might not be enough to stop Arsenal’s momentum.
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