Arsenal aim for Old Trafford triumph


Arsenal will look for their first Premier League win at Old Trafford in more than 12 years when they take on hosts Manchester United on Wednesday, 5 December 2018, kick-off at 22h00 CAT.

Arsenal last won an away league match against United in September 2006, with Emmanuel Adebayor scoring the only goal. Visiting the ‘Theatre of Dreams’ has been a bleak occasion for the Gunners ever since, but this time around there is genuine hope that they can get the better of the Red Devils at the iconic venue.

This is mainly because of United’s poor form virtually throughout the 2018/19 season, with their latest failing a 2-2 draw at St Mary’s this past Saturday. On paper, coming from two goals down to salvage a point away from home is a decent result, but given that it was away to Southampton and saw Jose Mourinho’s side yet again having to chase the game after a poor start, it cannot be considered as anything other than a disappointment.

And Arsenal are bang in form, claiming a thrilling 4-2 home win over North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday (thanks to goals from Pierre Emerick Aubameyang [2], Alexandre Lacazette and Lucas Torreira) to extend their unbeaten run to 19 matches across all competitions.

Manager Unai Emery has overseen a revolution at the Gunners and adding a positive result at Old Trafford to a victory over Spurs would be the perfect way to underline their development and assert themselves as top-four contenders.

Former Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez won’t have the chance to face his old team, as it was revealed last week that he will be sidelined possibly until the end of the year with a hamstring injury he sustained in training, while the hosts’ lack of fit first-team defenders means midfielder Scott McTominay may again be asked to play centre-back.

Manchester United v Arsenal – Head-to-head, Premier League

In head-to-head stats, United and Arsenal have met in 52 Premier League matches. The Red Devils have claimed 24 wins compared to 13 for the Gunners, while 15 games have been drawn.

The teams’ most recent meeting was at Old Trafford in April 2018, with United winning 2-1 thanks to goals from Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini. Arsenal’s strike came from former Red Devils player Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Matches played 52
United wins 24
Arsenal wins 13
Draws 15

Last five results (Premier League only, most recent first)

United D D L W W
Arsenal W W D D D