Last time Moyes beat Arsenal, guess who assisted the winning goal?

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New Manchester United boss David Moyes faces a tricky fixture this Sunday at the Premier League champions host the Premier League leaders Arsenal.

Former Everton manager Moyes has not had the most successful career in his clashes with Arsenal and their coach Arsene Wenger. Moyes has faced the Frenchman’s side on 23 occasions and won just three times.

Moyes’ Everton lost 14 games against the Gunners and drew 6 – the last time Everton beat Arsenal was back on the 18th March 2007 at Goodison Park where they won 1-0.

Striker Andy Johnson scored the only goal of the game and, low and behold, the man who made the assist was none other than Arsenal vice-captain Mikel Arteta.

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It was a late winner in the 90th minute – Johnson struck a left-footed shot from an in-swinging Arteta corner to take all three points off the visitors. Of those players involved, former Manchester United defender and Toffees captain Phil Neville lined up alongside Manchester City centre back Joleon Lescott and the only members of Moyes starting XI that remains an Everton player are Leon Osman and goalkeeper Tim Howard.

Of the Arsenal starting XI that day, only Abou Diaby and Tomas Rosicky remain. An 18-year-old Theo Walcott came on as a second-half substitute but he will not be available for the trip to Old Trafford this Sunday as he is still recovering from an abdominal problem whilst Diaby is not expected to return to action at least until next year.

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Mikel Arteta arrived at the Emirates on deadline day in 2011 following the departure of former Gunners captain Cesc Fabregas, along with Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy who were both sold to Manchester City.

Manchester United were crowned Premier League champions that season, reclaiming the title from Chelsea whilst Arsenal crept into the top four behind Liverpool whilst Everton placed sixth.

Didier Drogba won the Golden Boot with his 20 league goals and Cristiano Ronaldo enjoyed one of his best seasons in a Red Devils shirt alongside Wayne Rooney. The Portuguese attacker topped the assists table for the season, joint-top with Cesc Fabregas on 13 assists. Mikel Arteta came a close second with 12 and Sir Alex Ferguson was named Manager of the Year.

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