Wayne Rooney could overtake Thierry Henry's record with a goal against Arsenal

Thierry Henry

Wayne Rooney and Thierry Henry both sit on eight goals scored in games between Manchester United and Arsenal, will the Liverpool-born striker overtake the French legend in their clash Wednesday night.

Manchester United and Arsenal arguably have the fiercest rivalry in the Premier League era, with a number of high profile matches and incidents in the division's 22 year history.

As the years have come and gone, there have been some fantastic players to have played in games between the two sides. Names like Dennis Bergkamp, Teddy Sheringham, Cristiano Ronaldo and Robin Van Persie have all added to their reputation with goals between the two clubs.

There are two that have been a cut above anybody else and that is Thierry Henry and Wayne Rooney. 

The Frenchman set the standard on the 21st January 2007, where he scored a last minute winner at the Emirates to cancel out an early Wayne Rooney goal. Interestingly enough, the scorer of the equaliser in that game is now Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie. 

Wayne Rooney emphatically caught up with the Frenchman, scoring a hat-trick in the famous 8-2 hammering of Arsene Wenger's side at Old Trafford in 2011, but since then hasn't been able to notch the goal that would take him one better. 

Although Rooney will be the man to watch tomorrow to see if the record will be broken, it may also be worth keeping an eye on Robin Van Persie who has scored two less than Rooney and Henry at the minute. But, you would be foolish to rule out the impressive Dutchman from scoring a sensational hat-trick. 

Since the season of 2011-12, Robin Van Persie has scored in every one of the meetings between the two sides, with three goals for United and two goals for Arsenal. 

But with Wayne Rooney setting his sights on Bobby Charlton's record for both United and England, it's potentially another record he can add to his CV - if he is to score tomorrow. 

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