We have the starting teams from the Emirates Stadium as Arsenal welcome out of form Manchester United.
- Manchester United have only lost one of their last 13 meetings with Arsenal in all competitions (W10, D2, L1). That sole Arsenal win came courtesy of Aaron Ramsey’s goal at the Emirates in May 2011.
- The clubs have met 218 times in all competitions. Manchester United lead by 92 wins to Arsenal’s 79 and there have been 47 draws.
- Arsenal have lost to Manchester United 20 times in the Premier League, more than they have against any other team.
- Arsenal’s 5-1 thrashing at Liverpool on Saturday was their first defeat in nine league games (W6, D2).
- They suffered the heaviest defeat by a Premier League leader since Norwich were thrashed 7-1 by Blackburn in October 1992.
- The Gunners are unbeaten at home in the Premier League since an opening-day defeat against Aston Villa. They have only conceded one goal, against Everton, in their last eight league matches at the Emirates.
- Arsene Wenger’s side have the division’s best record when scoring the opening goal – winning on 16 of the 18 occasions they have done so, and losing only once.
- Mesut Ozil has failed to score and contributed two assists in his last eight league games, compared to four goals and six assists in his first 12 appearances for Arsenal.
- United are 15 points adrift of the leaders, and nine away from fourth place.
- They are 21 points, eight wins, six places and 19 goals worse off than at the same stage of last season.
- It’s their lowest points tally after 25 matches since the 1990-91 season, when they were a point worse off.
- United attempted 81 crosses (including set pieces) against Fulham on Sunday, the most by any side in a Premier League game since Opta’s records began in August 2006. Only 18 crosses found a team-mate.
- Robin van Persie has scored seven goals in his last eight league appearances. He scored 132 goals in 278 matches for Arsenal in all competitions between 2004 and 2012.
- Van Persie has scored in each of the last five meetings between these two teams, the first two times for Arsenal and the last three for Manchester United.
|Robin Van Persie|
Arsenal - Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Arteta, Wilshere, Rosicky, Ozil, Cazorla, Giroud
Manchester United - De Gea, Rafael, Smalling, Vidic, Evra; Valencia, Cleverley, Carrick, Mata; Rooney, van Persie