Unlike in the past seasons, this match has very little bearing to the outlook of the table at the end of it with Manchester United being fifth on 65 points and Arsenal sixth with five points lesser. Perhaps the biggest entertainment the clash will serve is the rivalry between Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and his Manchester United counterpart Jose Mourinho.
Manchester United will have to worry first about their UEFA Europa League semi final first leg clash against Celta Vigo before thinking of the Arsenal game but heading to the Emirates, they will hope to do better than they did the last time they toured Arsenal’s home, when the Gunners whacked them 3 – 0. Arsenal head to the match with seven wins, one draw and seven losses in the last 15 matches and though they have won 10 of their last 15 matches, they will still be wary of the threat Manchester United brings to town.
With 11 wins in the league at home this season, Arsenal have the joint fourth best home record. Manchester United on the other hand, head to the game with a run of just one loss, seven wins and seven draws in the last 15 matches and when playing away from home, they have lost only two of their last 15, drawn four and won nine. With ten wins, Manchester United have the third best record away from home.
Six of the teams’ last 10 meetings have yielded three or more goals. The last time the two sides met, the clash ended in a 1 – 1 draw but from the last five matches, Arsenal have two wins and Manchester United one. The teams have met 183 times in history and Arsenal have bagged 62 wins while Manchester United have won 78 clashes.
Arsenal will miss the services of the injured Santi Carzola and Lucas Perez for the game. Manchester United have a bigger list out with Marouane Fellaini suspended while Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo are out injured.