Manchester United v Arsenal - Five interesting stats ahead of the mega clash

Arsenal play Manchester United at Old Trafford this weekend, kick-off if 16:05 GMT tomorrow.

The Gunners will be looking to extend their Premier League lead while Manchester United will be looking to close in on the top four, cutting the gap on the North London side.

Both sides have shared a deep and long history of rivalry in English football and this match is one of the most important in recent memory for a variety of reasons.

Here are five stats for you to digest ahead of the game.


Manchester United are actually have more of the ball this season with 56.5% of possession compared to Arsenal’s 55.1%.

That suggests whoever has the ball on Sunday will make it extremely difficult for their opponents to get it back.

Passing Success

Arsenal are more accurate in terms of passing success with 85.8% of passes finding another Arsenal player. United’s is marginally lower at 84.4%.

We should be treated to a match this Sunday full of slick and sensible passing football from both sides.

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Michael Carrick

Manchester United’s midfield man is making more interceptions per match than any other player.

He steps in to intercept the ball 4.3 times per game on average which is 0.6 times per game higher than Mile Jedinak of Crystal Palace in second place.

Arsenal’s Assists

Arsenal have three players in the top four when it comes to assists this season.

Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud have all laid on four assists for teammates so far this season.

What that tells us is that Arsenal are not a one man band and have several players who can hurt United in terms of creating chances.


In the head-to-head record between these sides at Old Trafford, Manchester United are way out ahead with 42 more wins than Arsenal.

The last time Arsenal won at Old Trafford in any competition was a 1-0 victory in the 2006/2007 season.

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