Manchester United and Arsenal are two of the best sides in the Premier League. Even though they have been overshadowed by Chelsea and Manchester City, The Red Devils and The Gunners remain two of the biggest teams in Europe. And every time they clash, the world stops for 90 minutes.
This Saturday it’s not going to be any different. And if we add the fact that there is a rivalry going on between Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger, we couldn’t have dreamed of a better scenario for this game. With that context, Arsenal will host Manchester United at Emirates Stadium this Saturday. But what’s United’s record against Arsenal over the past 10 years?
English Premier League
These two sides have met 20 times in the EPL since the 2007-08 season. And the overall balance shows supremacy for Manchester United, as they have registered 10 wins against six draws, and four Arsenal wins. That gives United a 60 percent of success which is a very good rate if we consider the strength of a team like Arsenal. We have to remember The Gunners have been a perennial Top 4 side in the Premier League over the past two decades.
If we only consider the games where Arsenal have been at home, however, then we can see a clear supremacy for The Red Devils. Over that aforementioned time span, Manchester United and Arsenal have played nine times, with The Gunners have won four times, Manchester United have won two, and there have been three draws. It is worth noting Arsenal have won the last two, while registering just one loss in the past five home games vs The Red Devils.
Domestic and European Cups
Arsenal and United have not played many times outside the Premier League context, and Manchester United have a clear edge when talking about domestic and European cups. There have been three meetings in domestic tournaments. The tally shows two wins for Manchester United and one for Arsenal.
They also met in the UEFA Champions League semifinals during the 2008-09 season, with United advancing after a 4-1 win on the aggregate score. Who can forget United winning 1-3 away at Arsenal? Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal was impressive and we can see the highlights here:
Who has the edge on paper?
If we look at recent results, we can see Arsenal have the edge since they have lost just once in their last five meetings against The Red Devils. However, United have had a far better season and currently sit in second place in the standings while riding a three-game winning streak in the EPL.
Can they maintain the positive run and secure the three points in a tough visit at Emirates Stadium? We will have to wait to find out. But United certainly have enough talent to come away on top against Arsene Wenger’s side.