Arsenal haven’t recorded a win at Old Trafford in the league since the 17th September 2006. That same year they made it to the Champions League final at the Stade de France in Paris.
Sol Campbell scored the opening goal of the game for the Gunners after goalkeeper Jens Lehman was sent off after 18 minutes. The Gunners held on to their goal lead for 39 minutes before Barcelona striker Samuel Eto’o equalized for the Catalans. In the 81st minute substitute Juliano Belleti scored Barcelona’s winner and, as the say, the rest is history.
Arsenal travel to Old Trafford this weekend off the back of a sensational win away at Borussia Dortmund that sees them top of their Champions League group with two games left to play against Napoli and Marseille.
There’s a long way to go yet in the Champions League and the Premier League but, as it stands, Arsene Wenger’s side are in poll position – they’re five points clear at the top of the Premier League table.
The only remaining personnel on Arsenal’s side from their 1-0 win at Old Trafford in 2006 are Tomas Rosicky and second half substitute Mathieu Flamini who after returning from injury is expected to make the trip to the champions this weekend. Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor scored the only goal of the game but with the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil likely to be in the side their may well be more than just the one goal this time around.
Robin van Persie faces his old club where he spent eight years under Arsene Wenger and the Dutchman will be hoping to continue his record for United – scoring in every game he plays against Arsenal.
The Gunners have beaten the Red Devils three times since then at the Emirates but have tended to go home without any points from their trips to the ‘Theatre of Dreams.’
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